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. TexasDan

    This guy sounds about as stupid as Dick Chenney mistaking his hunting buddy for a turkey and shooting him in the face. What next, mistaking an elk for a person and having it run for VIce President? OH wait, Sarah Palin already did that!
    Throw the book at him.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. The Truth Commission

    Dumb Americans, with guns. So dumb, it's almost offensive. America has gotten dumber, not more intelligent. Dumber, and less humane. Dumb. And bankrupt.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • H8ter

      Ballin on a Budget!

      October 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brody

      Yes, but we are FREE! That little girl was completely free to get shot by a mronic relative. Only in America, land of the free, home of the stupid.

      October 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mark Yelka

    Just what is the fascination with killing animals? Oh, gee... there's an animal over there: let's kill it! The same low mentality explains why the shooter doesn't bother to find out for sure what the animal is over there. Aw, dang... it was a person.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. ronaldreagan

    New Crime Category : Low IQ Offenders

    October 22, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Zulux

    I usually have something to say but this is beyond beyond words.....except that you can make a thousands matches from a single tree. Yet a single match can burn a 1000 trees.

    October 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. al

    Guns 1, Little Girl 0

    Yeah Guns!

    Vote Republican!

    October 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. severhead

    come on....tell me this is a joke. I know there's stupid people in the world, but I never thought someone would be dumb enough to discharge a shot gun...at a skunk....at night....while kids are walking around trick or treating. I mean come on....and to make it worse this idiot was sober...

    October 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Matt

    God Bless the 2nd Amendment. But bless this wee child more, and first.

    October 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    This man should absolutely be charged with a crime! Tom, Tom, this has nothing to do with statistics. This is a really stupid person who needs to be take out of society. Shooting near a home, shooting while drinking, shooting a skunk as if that ever does any good considering the skunk population. There are multiple laws being broken in this case. This man should never be allowed to own a gun after he gets out of about 10 years of prison. Just my opinion of course.

    October 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • RangerP

      The article said he was NOT drinking, but you are right. He had no business to shoot in a residential area like that. Frankly, I don't buy his excuse and I hope neither do the prosecutors.

      October 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • hitech

      How big do the skunks get out there?

      October 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Rather than criticize how the situation is being handled, or turn this into a stupid argument about gun rights, I'm offering my sympathies to the family. I can only imagine what they are going through, and hope the girl pulls through without any complications.

      October 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*ariel

      Chris he was not drinking. Please read article before you comment.

      October 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mobius123

    Hmm, I guess his mistook the girl for one of those giant African Killer Skunks... just one more of the crazy invasive species now in the US.

    You know, like the pythons that are taking over Florida.

    It's best to shoot first, and ask questions later.

    October 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Anchorite

    Jesus, this happens every year! I know you gun pros will never stop shooting harmless things, but could you please at least stop shooting your own kids around Halloween? And better yet, stop defending people who do?

    October 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Really???

    Just being as responsible as 80% of gun owners are.

    October 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Techno Viking

    Didn't CSI do a show just like this about 2 years ago?

    October 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sal

    It's unbelievable how trigger happy,people in the US have become.
    The right to bear arms....nice

    October 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Church of Suicidal

    When denigrating another's intelligence, it helps to make sure you haven't misspelled "surely" (twice). Don't get surly with me for pointing this out.

    October 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
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