October 22nd, 2012
03:27 AM ET

Relative shoots costumed girl after mistaking her for a skunk

A little girl was fighting for her life early Monday after she was shot outside a Halloween party by a relative who mistook her costume for a skunk.

Police in western Pennsylvania's New Sewickley Township said the 9-year-old girl was dressed in black with a black hat for the Saturday evening party.

As the two to three dozen guests milled about, the girl went to hide on the edge of a hill.

It was past 8 p.m. and the sun had long set. A relative spotted the dark figure in the distance, mistook it for a skunk and fired his shotgun, said Officer Greg Carney with the township police.

The girl was hit in the neck, back and arm - and flown to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, about 30 miles away. There, she remained in the intensive care unit, Carney said.

Police will determine later Monday whether they will charge the shooter, whom they did not name. Nor did they say how he was related to the girl.

They did add, however, that the man had not been drinking.

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  1. CHEV

    Anyone who has had experience with a dog that's been sprayed knows a Skunk Is not to be ignored. But the Relitive should have Have not used his gun at night, that's just plain stupid. throw a live trap out there over night and put it down quick in the morning.

    October 22, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. MITCHMONSTER

    My momma always told me: "Life is like a chock of bocolates." You never know what your gonna get.........

    October 22, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jose

    As the Turtleman would say: "Live....action"

    October 22, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Steve

    You have to be 100% positive about what you are shooting at. Not 99.9% but 100%.

    October 22, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Solitairedog

    This is so so sad. The relatives must be beside themselves. That poor little girl. Guns do not belong around parties and little kids.

    October 22, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Canadian

    Gotta love the US

    October 22, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • mandy

      You should love the US if it wasn't for NAFTA you Canadian cave dwellers wouild be eating skunks.

      October 22, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      We do love the US. It's just their gun laws that are idiotic.

      October 22, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Canadian

      was just waiting for that NAFTA ref...checkmate 🙂 so gullible

      October 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SPENT

    That stinks!

    October 22, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. SamIam

    He should be charged with stupidity. I wouldn't be surprised if his Ow was in the double digits.

    October 22, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. SlipMickey

    Sounds like somthing that would happen at Honey-boo-boo's trailor...

    October 22, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. Pebanks2

    Shoot first, think later.

    October 22, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jane

    Seriously? A 9 year old mistaken for a skunk? That's a big skunk. Poor little girl. I hope she recovers quickly.

    October 22, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Pinebelt Bob

    Why does stuff like this always happen in Pennsylvania????

    October 22, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. Brad

    And yet he has a gun...

    October 22, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. Humbug

    This sounds like a Florida or Texas story...stupidity beyond belief! Guns and shooting at night at a skunk during a halloween gathering with kids around? A mashup of stupid! Shoot a skunk and you'll have a stinky mess for a long time usually and bringing a gun out play with at night...incredible!

    October 22, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  15. FredUp

    Bet anything he's a Romney voter.

    October 22, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
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