Washburn HS football player shot in the face

  • Updated: February 22, 2010 - 11:07 AM

A teenager was shot in the face Saturday afternoon in a south Minneapolis apartment. Police say the shooting may have been accidental.

A teenager was shot in the face Saturday afternoon in a Minneapolis apartment, police said. A television news report identified the victim as 16-year-old Montrell Wade. Minneapolis police said he was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the head.

Wade is a student at Washburn High School, said Washburn Principal Carol Markum-Cousins. A running back, he was a third team all-metro selection by the Star Tribune.

"He plays football, but he's so much more than that," Markum-Cousins said in an interview Saturday night. "I called over to the hospital. His family said he had just gotten out of surgery."

Markum-Cousins said she planned to visit Wade Sunday morning.

According to police scanner reports, a woman called 911 at 12:15 p.m. to report that a man had been shot in the living room of an apartment at 3255 Bloomington Av. S. Andrew Moore, who is listed as living at the address, could not be reached for comment.

Police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer said several people were taken into custody after the shooting. Palmer was not certain if those detained were suspects or witnesses. Palmer said the shooting may have been accidental.

Markum-Cousins said she will talk to Washburn students about the tragedy on Monday.

"It will give us a chance to confront this issue [of guns in the hands of teenagers]. There is a bigger issue in terms of society and the availability of guns," she added.

ABBY SIMONS AND JIM SPENCER

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