FREEDOM, PA – A 9-year-old girl attending a Halloween party was shot by a relative who mistakenly thought the girl was a skunk.
New Sewickley Police Chief Ronald Leindecker said the girl was at a Halloween party Saturday wearing a black costume and a black hat with white tassel. At around 8:30 that evening, the girl strayed away from the two to three dozen guests at the home and hid on the edge of a hill near the home.
Unfortunately for her, a male relative at the party thought she was a skunk, and he really does not like skunks. The unidentified man grabbed a shotgun and fired, hitting the “skunk” in the shoulder, arm, back and neck.
She was reportedly conscious and talking as she was airlifted to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where she currently remains in the intensive car unit. Leindecker says the relative hadn’t been drinking at the time of the shooting, and he doesn’t know if any charges will be filed against him.
I’m not sure how big skunks get in Pennsylvania, but where I live they never get much bigger than an average cat. That being said, I guess I can’t blame the guy, If I saw a skunk the size of a 9-year-old girl creeping around my house where I was holding a costume party, I’d shoot it too. Common sense be damned… you have to protect the children!
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