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Associated Press, Published August 03 2010

12-year-old dies in slingshot accident

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – A 12-year-old Roseville boy died when he was hit by a rock from an oversized slingshot.

Roseville police say the boy and a friend were at Bruce Russel Park on Sunday afternoon and were shooting rocks out of the homemade slingshot made by attaching 6- to 7-foot lengths of elastic tubing to a swing set. Chief Rick Mathwig says the boys launched a 6-pound rock into the air several times, but the last time it came down and hit the boy in the chest.

Mathwig says the child was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports an autopsy was scheduled Monday.

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