Costumed Pa. girl mistaken for skunk, shot

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FREEDOM, Pa. (AP) -- Police say a costumed 9-year-old girl was accidentally shot outside a western Pennsylvania home during a Halloween party by a relative who thought she was a skunk.

New Sewickley Township police say the girl was over a hillside and wearing a black costume and a black hat with a white tassel. Chief Ronald Leindecker told the Beaver County Times that a male relative mistook her for a skunk and fired a shotgun, hitting her in the shoulder, arm, back and neck Saturday night.

Leindecker told the newspaper that the girl was alert and talking when she was flown to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, about 30 miles away. Her condition was unavailable.

Leindecker says the man hadn't been drinking and he doesn't know whether charges will be filed. New Sewickley police said Sunday that decision will be made in a few days.


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  • by Szabla Location: Location on Oct 24, 2012 at 03:22 PM
    I don't remember this story in this news last month. 12-year-old girl defends herself from home invader, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Okla. with a 40. cal. Why not, we are interested in guns for self-defense, not so much rare mistakes, like in this article.
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