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. Sidewinder

    Moron. Total moron. If he gets off without being punished, he should never again be allowed to possess firearms.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    There are plenty of unarmed morons that are just as dangerous to society. Why is that all liberals think that gun owners are stupid red neck hillbillies. Here are some facts that most of seem to ignore

    1. Not all republicans are racist/bigots
    2. There are democrats that are racist/bigots
    3. Not all republicans own guns
    4. The are democrats that own guns
    5. Not all legal gun owners support the NRA
    6. There are democrats that support the NRA
    7. Prohibition did not work for Alcohol
    8. Prohibition is not working on Drugs.
    9. Prohibition will likely not work for guns
    10. Not all republicans oppose abortion
    11. Not all democrats support abortion
    12. Alcohol Kills more people than guns
    13. Cigarettes kill more people than guns
    14. Obesity kills more people than guns
    15. Cars kills more people than guns
    16. Heart Disease kills more people than guns
    17. Drugs(legal/illegal) kill more people than guns

    October 22, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • noteabags

      Bill,

      Here's a couple more facts:

      18. Guns are designed and manufactured with the intent to kill.
      19. Neither cars, nor alcohol, nor anything else on your list of "facts" is designed nor manufactured with the intent to kill.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Fact – It takes 7+ minutes for a first responder to show up after a 911 call
      Fact – The police are not here for personal protection

      October 22, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Dont bother with idiots man. We should just kill the other replies.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Yet cars, pills, booze, cigarettes, drugs still kill.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • food

      "12. Alcohol Kills more people than guns"

      And its usually the drunk that walks away from killing someone else on the road...

      October 22, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CG

    Why didn't the little girl have a gun? If she and all the kids had been armed this might not have happened.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Michelle

    Besides the obvious question, why on earth did this moron have a gun at a costume party, who shoots skunks? What the hell is wrong with you people? Also, how can someone mistake a nine-year-old girl for a skunk? She must be pretty tiny. I pray she recovers. Yes, I think this idiot should be charged. Moral of the story people in PA, don't shoot skunks!

    October 22, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      There are very good reasons to shoot skunks. A few that come to mind. They carry rabies, cause property damage and spray my dog and the neighbor kids. Unfortunately, I live within the city limits so shooting is not an option. a Trap and some gopher bombs work quite well.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. iDiotsInTheUS

    What a freaking idiot. It's Halloween time with people in costumes and this idiot shoots at some figure without fulling identifying it. Punish him to the full extent of the law or dress him up as a skunk and shoit him as deterrence for other idiots like him.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dave

    Who shots a firearm when there is a halloween party going on with girls playing outside?

    October 22, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • noteabags

      Simple. Someone with a gun.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rob

    "They did add, however, that the man had not been drinking." I think the fact that he can't blame alcohol for his stupidity makes him even more dangerous.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • lol

      well said

      October 22, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • airdoc

      I understand where your're coming from, but I find a person with a gun who's been drinking to be about as big an idiot as there is.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Park-Sun

    I mean seriously just because its the figure of an animal means you dont have to shoot it, an the guy who says you should give them guns thats just gonna up the crime rate even more.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. Honest citizen

    Democrats and guns don't mix

    October 22, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Bobpitt

      Last time I check Democrats did not support the NRA..

      October 22, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Porchia

      Where's the like button?

      October 22, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. not_a_bs_fan

    This man wins the dim wit of the year award. This story sounds like a redneck Joke by Jeff Foxworthy " You know you're a Redneck when you can't control the urge to put lead into anything moving in your backyard". Thankfully the girl wasn't seriously injured. But, the dim wit is lucky he didn't kill or seriously injure the child!

    October 22, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • RobM

      She was shot in the neck and is fighting to stay alive. What do you mean 'not seriously injured'?

      October 22, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • JAson

      And this is why gun laws should be changed in the US. Unbelievable someone feels the need to shot a skunk just cause they have a gun. Shameful

      October 22, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • RobM

      Gun laws dont fix stupid.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • man4earth

      "Fighting for her life" "she remained in the intensive care unit" And you say the dim was lucky he didn't kill or seriously injure the child! I hope you don't have a gun.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • hello?

      Does the phrase "fighting for her life" mean anything to you, nitwit?

      October 22, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. Shannon

    Can someone tell me how anyone, drunk or not, could mistake a 9-year old child for a skunk? I don't care how dark it was or how crouched in the bushes she may have been, there is no way that a normal-sized child could be mistaken for a skunk. Give me a break.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Yep just as there is no way a couple of tree branches look like a pair of arms outside someones window. The mind plays tricks. Not defending the guy just correcting your invalid point.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. Pro Death

    Years ago a woman that had moved to vermont, was wearing brown corduroy pants, a white sweater and white gloves in HER back yard while hanging out her laundry and was shot and killed by a hunter that had a $1500.00 dollar rifle and a $400.00 scope. He was arrested and sadly let go with his statement being "she shouldn't be dressed like that during hunting season"! Personally I think if you have a $400.00 scope you should be able to distinguish a a woman from a dear but that's me...

    October 22, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • tct

      That's terrible! In Arizona they shoot the plaid deer and the heavy ones with big udders.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. CrazyManJoe

    LMAO at this "Guns don't kill people- people do" argument. For one, it is self-defeating. Yeah sure people kill people not guns. Gun control IS about keeping guns from people that kill. That is the whole point. Gun control is regulating people NOT guns because people are stupid not guns. Vote Democrat.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom the Other One

      I’m a democrat and support your right to bear arms. Your argument is as weak as your view of the world around you.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Soundsane

      Yes, I completely agree with you. I'm sick and tired of hearing about girls dressed like skunks being shot. Let's control arms in this country for once.

      Gun control takes guns out of the homes of lawful citizens. The ones you should be afraid of are the type that will have guns no matter what the law says. I'm sure you haven't heard the countless stories where the armed assailant with an unregistered firearm is killed by the lawful citizen with a registered firearm. After all, possession of ecstasy and marijuana are illegal in this country so we have never found people with those before....if there's a will, there's a way.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. BraveHunter

    Was the "skunk" attacking him? If not, he had no business shooting at a skunk anyway.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • pcm

      All our animal friends merely ask to be left alone and live their lives, unbothered by trigger-happy sadists. I feel bad for the girl, but turn-around is fair play....is it not? I just read that this is the same guy who ran over the same skunk-costumed girl with his truck last week.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. WJWWWJ

    THEY DONT GROW SKUNKS THAT BIG IN VT MABE TEXAS
    WAS IT ABOUT 80 LBS

    October 22, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
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