CENTER CITY, Minn. (WCCO) — A 15-year-old boy was killed Thursday evening in an apparently accidental shooting in Chisago County.

According to the sheriff’s office, William Showers was handling a .22-caliber rifle at his home along 347th Street in Lindstrom, Minn. with a 16-year-old friend.

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Somehow, the 16-year-old fired the gun and the struck Showers in the neck.

The 16-year-old called 911. Authorities arrived to find Showers unresponsive and bleeding. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The 16-year-old friend, who was not identified, was questioned by police and then released to his parents.

“It’s a tragic event all around,” said Chisago County Sheriff Rick Duncan, “not only for the 15-year-old victim and their family but also the 16-year-old’s family.”

Duncan said there are tragic lessons to be learned.

“Parents aren’t home and kids are playing around with that gun,” he said.

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The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident. Charges are not anticipated.