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. bob

    1st rule of firearm – never shoot at anything unless it is clearly identified and unobstructed – the 2nd amendment is for people intelligent enough to make it worthwhile – no different than the nitwits i see every day texting while they drive. what is missing is more stringent requirements that will deny access to idiots – whatever the missile.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nic

      I come from India and I find it so annoying when I hear about a husband shooting his wife with an AK47, or a teenager shooting kids in his class and then a little girl being shot by a moron. In India, nobody keeps guns...and growing up in India, I have never heard in my life of shootings like these which boil my blood. Why do Americans want to keep guns in their homes...????

      October 22, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesuguru

      Nic, does your blood boil as easily when people in India kill their baby girls? You know it's still happening right? Perhaps clean house at home, we'll take you more seriously here.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • DMG2FUN

      "what is missing is more stringent requirements"
      So like all leftist aka progressive gun haters you want Jim Crow laws for the right to bear arms.

      October 23, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. bigdakine

    Clearly we need more guns.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yo MAMA

      Yep, really big guns.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt houston

      And the guy that shot the girl would be the very same person who would advocate less regulations of guns...remember folks, "guns don't kill people, people kill people." -so they like to say.

      So I guess we should take this guy out of circulation before he manages to kill anymore of his own relatives. NRA nut jobs.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • whitepine

      Sunday I read that 100,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA this year. Are gun owners and the NRA so cold hearted to not care about all the innocent people being killed in our country so senselessly?

      October 22, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tony

    Where were all the concerned citizen NRA defensive weapon carriers? Judging by the NRA friendly comments after previous shooting, this guy should have been riddled full of holes by the good guys, before he even got to squeeze the trigger. Don't tell me (gasp), the NRA has got it wrong!

    October 22, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • pro2nd

      This guy was totally in the wrong. This is not hunting. Why did this guy go for a shotgun to get rid of a skunk that was over on some hill! And he knew there was a kiddie party! Im pro 2nd amend and CCW etc but in no way was this person responsible. He should be prosecuted on hunting charges if skunk was not in season. Doesnt sound like it was his land. Plus twas this residential etc. Totally wrong. he should lose his right.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bigdakine

    Just hillbillies conducting a retroactive abortion.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Klaas Jan

    We can solve this problem by buying more guns!!! Why wasn't the little girl armed to return fire?!

    October 22, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian monosso

      She was a rodent of an unusual size.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cinny

      Klaas your response made no sense. Just another idiotic response to show your ignorance in hopes that you would get lots of replies and feel like a real man – what a shame that you even had to think that way – asking why she didn't have her own gun. OOOOPs with a name like Klaas – German perhaps – a follower of Hitler perhaps?

      October 23, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. maria

    Skunks will not join a large party of humans. And the biggest skunk is still nowhere near as big as a 9 year old girl. Charge the idiot and prayers that the little girl lives.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rat Girl

    That's some giant skunk! And who the hell shoots at a skunk?

    October 22, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chans

    Boy, that's gonna be one awkward Thanksgiving next month.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Yo Mama's Panties

    That man was obviously not a life member of the NRA, like I am.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ginger

    What a bizarre story.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jyves95

    That's why we have guns.. To protect NRA people from skunks...

    October 22, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yo Mama's Panties

      Cute. Really freaking Cute.

      October 23, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. Clint

    I think we need more semis automatic weapons to rectify the situation.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. NeutralObserver

    How many innocent people have to die before Americans realize that the 2nd amendment needs to change! Humans in general are driven by emotions and it is NOT safe for the average person living next door or walking on the street to be carrying a gun! this is just common sense! We are ALL safer with less or no guns in the streets or in our homes! Only cowards seem to want guns to 'protect themselves'

    October 22, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Shardik

    Poster child for the NRA crowd.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The Flamingo Kid

    This is insane. These people must be MAJOR hillbillies!

    October 22, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
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