- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

AITKIN, Minn. (AP) - Hospital officials say a 14-year-old Minnesota boy is in critical condition after he was accidentally shot in the neck by his father.

The Aitkin County sheriff’s office says Dawson Vanportfliet, of Aitkin, was flown to Hennepin County Medical Center after the accident Sunday night. It says his father, 37-year-old Dennis Vanportfliet, was cleaning a pistol when it fired, hitting the boy.

HCMC spokeswoman Christine Hill says Dawson remains in critical condition Wednesday.

KSTP-TV says a candlelight vigil was held for the boy Monday in Aitkin, which is about 30 miles northeast of Brainerd.

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