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.
obviously they are steelers fans
Wow, it takes a special kind of idiot to bring a gun to a childrens costume party. It would take a better person than I am to forgive this person.
This seems like a cover up to me. You don't shoot skunks, let alone at night at a children's party...either hat or this guy is a gun nut. Either way he should be punished by law and sent to jail.
Must be that part where Pennsylvanians cling to god and guns.... I say this with sarcasm.
Honestly, people around, kids party and some guy pulls a shot gun? Give me a break.
A pellet gun would have done just fine to scare off the skunk.
Another thought: what does a dead shot up skunk stink like???? Like all the other skunk road kill. Horrible. So this idiot would should a skunk near a party with a shotgun. That sure would be the party pooper / stinker. Geeeze, morons.
ooops *would shoot a skunk...
The idiot who shot that poor little girl needs to be sent to prison for life. No one in their right mind should shoot a firearm at a party with that many people around; especially with young children around. The moron must be an inbred idiot, who failed to follow proper firearm safety and verify if it was an actual skunk or a person!
Senseless..if that little girl had been mandated by law to carry a weapon, she could have returned fire and this would have ended much differently.
Yup, you also belong in the idot ranks
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was his name George Zimmerman... senseless animal... (the man)
Hard to believe that people will fight for their "right" to have access to deadly weapons with stories like this.
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A 9 year old girl. Just how big do the skunks get in PA? I'm confused by the shooter's confusion.
The author of this article lays his words out there as if to show you how it could have happened to any one of us. WRONG! With kids around why be so stupid. Probably because you are and can be. You know, as you think more about this incident, as written in the article, I, personally, think that something else was going on, a stupid game or something; and, the girl did accidentally get injured. But, the shooter and anyone allowing this to happen should all be punished severely.