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Girl Mistaken For Skunk Gets Shot By Relative

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SheHateMe

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FREEDOM, Pa. -- Police say a costumed 9-year-old girl was accidentally shot outside a western Pennsylvania home during a Halloween party by a relative who thought she was a skunk.
New Sewickley Township police say the girl was over a hillside and wearing a black costume and a black hat with a white tassel. Chief Ronald Leindecker told the Beaver County Times that a male relative mistook her for a skunk and fired a shotgun, hitting her in the shoulder, arm, back and neck Saturday night.

Leindecker told the newspaper that the girl was alert and talking when she was flown to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, about 30 miles away. Her condition was unavailable.

Leindecker says the man hadn't been drinking and he doesn't know whether charges will be filed. New Sewickley police said Sunday that decision will be made in a few days.
So, there's a party going on inside...and you're outside...in the dark...hunting Skunks..

How does a 9 year old resemble a skunk anyway. Even if she was wearing the costume..that was probably the biggest skunk he'd ever seen. He also shot her three times. Shes lucky to be alive.
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Screech

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So, there's a party going on inside...and you're outside...in the dark...hunting Skunks..

How does a 9 year old resemble a skunk anyway. Even if she was wearing the costume..that was probably the biggest skunk he'd ever seen. He also shot her three times. Shes lucky to be alive.
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I would be surprised if alcohol was NOT involved....
 

werepossum

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Should definitely be charged. When one discharges a firearm there is a responsibility to identify one's target, not merely to have a notion, as well as to identify what else is in the line of fire.

Reminds me of the bowhunter in California who was shot out of his tree by a man who mistook him for a squirrel. I'd be afraid a squirrel that size might well come down from the tree and rip off my arms if shot. (Not to mention, movement in a tree might well be an endangered hawk or eagle.) Similarly, in an area I used to hunt some city folk had a "brush shot" during a buck-only hunt. They struck a man who had just retired at 58 in the femoral artery, too high to get a tourniquet. He bled out on Lifeforce - by the time he was picked up, his veins had collapsed and they could not get an IV started.

People with guns need to positively identify their targets, period. Hopefully this little girl survives and makes a full recovery, but far too many times there is no second chance.
 

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Should definitely be charged. When one discharges a firearm there is a responsibility to identify one's target, not merely to have a notion, as well as to identify what else is in the line of fire.

Reminds me of the bowhunter in California who was shot out of his tree by a man who mistook him for a squirrel. I'd be afraid a squirrel that size might well come down from the tree and rip off my arms if shot. (Not to mention, movement in a tree might well be an endangered hawk or eagle.) Similarly, in an area I used to hunt some city folk had a "brush shot" during a buck-only hunt. They struck a man who had just retired at 58 in the femoral artery, too high to get a tourniquet. He bled out on Lifeforce - by the time he was picked up, his veins had collapsed and they could not get an IV started.

People with guns need to positively identify their targets, period. Hopefully this little girl survives and makes a full recovery, but far too many times there is no second chance.
Don't they teach you how to identify targets when you hunting licenses, CCWs..etc?
 

werepossum

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Don't they teach you how to identify targets when you hunting licenses, CCWs..etc?
Concealed Carry maybe, especially about what's in the background line of fire. Hunter safety definitely stresses that, but far too many people still do "brush shots" and other shots at mostly unseen targets.
 

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Thats a democrate for ya shooting child as skunk and murdering them befor there born . Demons have a real problem with reality. Only a demon could be this stupid
 

Moonbeam

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It's like when the madmen go hunting socialists or Muslems and shoot Obama. You project your delusions onto your target because you're insane.
 
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