Costumed girl shot by relative after being mistaken for a skunk
FREEDOM, Pennsylvania (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 says a male relative mistook her for a skunk and fired a shotgun, hitting her in the shoulder on Saturday night.
Mr Leindecker tells the Beaver County Times that the girl was alert and talking when she was flown to a hospital in Pittsburgh, about 50km away. Her condition was unavailable.
Mr Leindecker says the man hadn't been drinking and he doesn't know whether charges will be filed.