Man shoots 8-year-old cousin dressed as a skunk after mistaking her for the real thing

POSTED: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 12:00am

UPDATED: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 12:04am

An 8-year-old girl was accidentally shot on October 20 at night outside a Beaver County, Pennsylvania home according to police.

Police said the girl, dressed in a black costume with a white tassel, was on a hillside near a home on Brewer Road.

Family members said they had recently been having problems with a skunk.

The girl's mother said a cousin fired a gun at what he thought was the skunk and accidentally shot the girl in the shoulder.

"There were reports of a skunk in the area. It was bothering the partygoers. He went and got a shotgun, using a flashlight, and shot something over the hill," said Chief Ron Leindecker of New Sewickley police.

The victim was flown to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, where she underwent surgery.

"It's a shame. It's just horrible what happened," said neighbor James Brandleberger.

Family members said they're devastated. The cousin has not been charged.


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