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8-year-old boy injured, father dead in attempted murder-suicide

The father reportedly bought the gun last week.

A northern Minnesota man was killed and his 8-year-old son was critically injured in what's being investigated as an attempted murder-suicide.

Police say when they arrived at the Grand Rapids home just before 4 p.m. Thursday, they found 29-year-old David Krauss dead, and his 8-year-old son Wyatt Krauss suffering from a gunshot wound.

The boy was airlifted to a hospital in Duluth, where he was listed in critical condition on Thursday, police said.

The two were found by David Krauss' mother, who went to the home to check on them and called 911.

A spokesperson for the Grand Rapids Police Department told GoMN they're investigating the shooting as an attempted murder-suicide.

Police told FOX 21 David Krauss bought a 9 mm handgun from a local store on March 22, and then used that gun to shoot his son and then kill himself. The publication notes the father had suffered from depression since he was 14.

Crimes against children

A U.S. study released last year found there are about 500 arrests annually that involve a parent killing their child – a crime that's called filicide. And about 2.5 percent of all homicide arrests in the U.S. are for parents who killed their children.

Additional studies found that about half of all filicides involve fathers killing their children.

After a parent kills their child, it's not uncommon for them to kill themselves. The Filicide in the U.S. study says about one-third of mothers who killed their children end up killing themselves, while fathers are almost twice as likely than mothers to take their own life after filicide (this is called filicide-suicide).

In filicide-suicides involving fathers, 75 percent of them involved a father who suffered from depression, analysis found.

If you need help

If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence or child abuse, there are several different types of organizations in Minnesota that offer help – click here for a list and contact information.

There are also several resources in the state for people who may be considering suicide, and you can always call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 to speak to someone right away.

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