BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (WCCO) – Authorities have identified the teenage girl who was shot and killed outside a Brooklyn Park apartment complex late Thursday night.

Police identified the girl as 17-year-old Jennifer Scott of Champlin.

Authorities responded to a report of a shooting at about 10:46 p.m. Thursday at the Huntington Place Apartments, located in the 5800 block of 73rd Avenue in Brooklyn Park.

When police arrived, they found Scott lying near a car in the parking lot outside the complex. Scott was pronounced dead in the parking lot at about 11:09 p.m.

Authorities said Scott died of a gunshot wound to the head and have ruled the death a homicide. No arrests have been made at this time and the incident remains under investigation by Brooklyn Park Police and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.

Comments (28)
  1. Mr. Me says:

    and for what reason did this person have to die?

  2. John says:

    Kids are hurt each day in brooklyn park we need more cops on the streets.Kids are not safe in this city in fact no one is safe in brooklyn park.

  3. BP is a huge problem says:

    I wonder if folks who don’t know the NW suburbs don’t recognize the grandure of the problem that is Brooklyn Park. There is so much section 8 housing the city has become all minorities who can not get along. The number of copy won’t stop a shooting, the cops show up after the fact. The problem is much bigger but not politically correct in 2011 and so will never be addressed. I feel for all of the folks who built new houses there during the housing boom and rationalized that “well it is close to Maple Grove and we can’t afford Maple Grove” Good luck giving your house away now but again my hunch is people just weren’t aware of the massive race problem there.

  4. Luke Lahti says:

    Ok. So why was this person at our apartments if she didn’t live here? Was she visiting a friend, did she have a boyfriend or ex-boyfriend who lives in that area, etc? Someone must know something

  5. Mike says:

    More Police Officers on the street will slow down the crime fact.We need help and asap.

  6. curly_racks says:

    BP is fine unless you are from Iowa. I have lived here since i moved to mn 10 years ago & i have never had reason to worry. Yes, it is diverse and a city of 76k people so things will happen. Looking back BP has an average of about 2 murders a year….small potatoes & actually pretty safe compared to cities with the same demographics.

  7. curly_racks says:

    John, what our existing police force needs to do is focus on public safety instead of enforcing window tint laws & setting up drug buys in the name of the failed drug wars. How exactly will more police fix the underlying problems?

  8. KS says:

    I have lived in Brooklyn Park for 26 years, in several different neighborhoods. I have never personally had a problem of any kind (with the exception of drivers who can’t obey traffic laws and one stolen bike dumped in the trees by my yard). I have gone on walks alone at various times of the day, as well as been outside with my kids, and most people are actually very respectful. This stuff can happen anywhere at any time, but for some reason, people just like using the fact that it’s Brooklyn Park as an excuse to bash.

    1. Jake says:

      Well you have been very lucky, KS. I’ve also been in Crooklyn Park since 1984. I’ve my cars damaged, people have tried to break into my home, my neighbors have been burglarized, there was a drive by shooting just a few blocks away in May 2010 that has yet to be solved, I’ve had 3 dope dealers busted on my block since I’ve lived in my present residence, the local convenience store has been robbed twice in the past few years, the list goes on and on. It’s a lot worse here than the media portrays, because the city leaders and media don’t report all of the crime that goes on on a daily basis.

      1. EZ says:

        And this does not happen in Minneapolis? Grow up Jake, crime happens everywhere. it is more of a problem in Minneapolis than BP and that is a fact.

        1. Jake says:

          Grow up? Are you kidding me? You make it sound like senseless crime like this is acceptable. It’s a problem in many places, and we should be filling our half-empty jails with the thugs who do this stuff, or, pass the death penalty.

  9. Nancy Aleshire says:

    I lived in my apartment in Brooklyn Park since the mid 1990’s and am in the process of buying a home in Blaine or Coon Rapids. The problem is the lack of jobs and businesses are moving out right and left. I did live in Brooklyn Park during the mid 1980’s when my kids were babies and there were no problems. There was Village North, Super Valu, and plenty of restaurants at Brooklyn Blvd and Zane. This is all gone, replaced by unaffordable townhomes, yet there is an ever increasing problem with drug dealing and gang trash. The schools have turned into war zones and the administrators have pretty much given up.

  10. John says:

    Look at crime in Maple Grove Plymouth Bloomington and you will see that Brooklyn Park does have so much much much more crime..But nothing is ever done about it how sad.

  11. curly_racks says:

    And we bash Jeff Gangsta Gay because his family tree hasnt had branches since the 1800’s 😀

  12. curly_racks says:

    John you could also look at Vallejo & Richmond CA for your crime stats and Brooklyn Park looks great! & Those cities actually have demographics similar to us unlike Maple Grove or Plymouth.

  13. curly_racks says:

    Does the Jeffsta hate all black people or just the ones who receive welfare. Nice to see the racial stereotypes being portrayed here. For your information the city of Brooklyn Park is very large and only a small area is responsible for the majority of all criminal activity that occurs. Oh well, at least suckers like you will stay away as we don’t want your kind here anyway.

    1. mj says:

      Don’t worry Curly. We stay away.

      1. Chuck says:

        haha – I would run away if my house value hadnt dropped in half!

    2. Jake says:

      curly, you are either a troll, or a complete idiot. At least HALF of the city resembles core urban area crime, and to suggest that BP’s crime wave is no worse than Plymouth’s or Maple Grove’s is pure BS.

  14. Gordy says:

    lol @ curly — this is what is always said…stereotypes and small precentages. Brooklyn Park was the place to be when I was a kid. It was all white then. Now look at it – people joke about BPk left and right.

  15. Grandma says:

    Why don’t we all quit allocating blame and bow our heads to the loss of life of a young girl who will not get to live hers. These ‘grass roots’ problems killed a child and we should all be saddened at that. I too live here, and I do not feel unsafe, but I am not 17. We should all feel a bit responsible..I need to find out what to do to make a difference. I will ask that at church tomorrow.

    1. Jake says:

      While I am saddened by this incident, I do not feel one bit responsible for this tragedy. I am law abiding, I pay my taxes, when I see something that requires action, I take it. Where are the parents? Who is enforcing curfew?

      1. Chuck says:

        Exactly…to say we should all feel responsible is ridiculous.

  16. clueless granny says:

    Take notes and get back to us.

  17. curly_racks says:

    Maybe she was killed by a mexican Alberto. She does have a white sounding name though. Too bad. That is a shame to die at 16. I have been using the car wash over there for years & still will. I guess you BP haters musnt get out of the state much, huh???

  18. beyond belief says:

    grew up on Drew Ave N right on the border. Been 35 years since I been there …until I drove there on Friday night.
    I never would have know it was the same place……shame t see

  19. ArtsNurse71 says:

    Smh @ the comments I just read..I don’t know anything about ur communities out there, as I’m from Colorado.I knew this girl. She was the ex girlfriend of my sons friend, and she spent this past Thanksgiving with me and my family. It’s not a black or white thing, it’s a human being thing. This girls mother lost her baby in the most tragic way, that’s what should count!!!!

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