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9-Year-Old Girl In Costume Shot By Relative Who Mistook Her For An Animal

9-Year-Old Girl In Costume Shot By Relative Who Mistook Her For An Animal

A nine-year-old girl was accidentally shot outside a home during a Halloween party by a relative who thought she was a skunk.

The child was over a hillside and wearing a black dress and a black hat with a white tassel, according to police in western Pennsylvania.

Chief Ronald Leindecker says a male relative mistook her for a skunk and fired a shotgun, hitting her in the shoulder on Saturday night.

The girl, who has not been identified, was alert and talking when she was flown to hospital in Pittsburgh, about 30 miles away from the home in New Sewickley Township.

Her condition was unavailable.

The relative who shot her hadn't been drinking and it is not known if he will be charged.

The investigation is ongoing and has been turned over to the district attorney's office, authorities said.  

 

9-Year-Old Girl In Costume Shot By Relative Who Mistook Her For An Animal

Mistaken identity: The girl's relative thought that she was a skunk when he shot her in the shoulder

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