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. Donnie the Lion

    Wow, if only she had been carrying a handgun she could have defended herself.......smh.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • nisroc00

      Oh so correct we seriously need to arm our kids and skunks now to. Just comes to prove a gun in the hand of an american idiot is well Americans nightmare 🙂

      October 23, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. NRAwithBrains

    Hey! He was just defending the homeland. That skunk after all was more than half black. That's a worthy moving target that's potentially armed and dangerous.

    October 23, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. roy

    who goes outside in front of a house where kids are having a halloween party with a shotgun to shoot a skunk?

    October 23, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. the Oppossum King

    Well officer, I was sittin here by the bonfire and I saw this 4 ft. long 73 lb. skunk sneakin' around the hill and ....

    October 23, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. Voyager 1

    How tragic that a man with a shotgun didn't follow a cardinal rule of hunting to verify what you are shooting at first.

    October 23, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. BoundGodsFan

    It's sounds like the family wanted to do her in from the beginning. I mean really. Who in their right mind wouldn't warn a child before hand that dressing like a skunk in redneckville was a very bad idea.

    October 23, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. noname

    What an idiot! We can only hope that the moron felt so bad that he committed suicide so he doesn't harm anyone else in his family.

    October 23, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. noname

    Oh yeah, "It's headed right for us!" ... BLAM BLAM BLAM...

    October 23, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. dajowi

    Holy Smoley!!! Talk about dumb, reckless, felonious. "Book em' Danno."

    This person's right to own a firearm should be revoked permanently.

    October 23, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. NRA 4EVER

    YEEEEEEEE-HAWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. ~~~

    supposed to know what you are shooting at before you shoot.

    October 23, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. lovemygirl

    Imagine what would have happened if she was dressed up like a buck.

    October 23, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. adinfinitum7

    I can see someone mistaking Romney for a skunk, but not a little girl. The man will be charged with negligent use of a firearm at a minimum.

    October 23, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Gary

    That's the problem with the conservative argument 'the more guns, the safer.' They drastically overestimate the intelligence of the American people.

    October 23, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. Constantine17642489;)

    How could you pull such a stupied stunt?!?:/

    October 23, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
    • ScepticStill

      you have a national population in excess of 300,000,000. if 0.01% of your population have firearms and are also stupid, that makes 30,000 stupid armed people wandering around your country

      October 23, 2012 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
    • VedX

      ScepticStill, unfortunately, nearly half of Americans are idiots, judging by the fact they would consider trash like Palin as VP or KKK man Romney as President. So make that 150,000,000 armed idiots roaming the streets; and make no mistake, it's these people that are the most likely to own guns and go hunting and shooting small harmless living things in the first place!

      October 23, 2012 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
    • ScepticStill

      VedX, I guess they hunt and shoot harmless small animals because its safer than tracking and shooting dangerous large animals

      October 23, 2012 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
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