Monday, October 22, 2012

9-Year-old PA Girl Mistaken for a Skunk

A 9-year-old girl was shot accidentally by a shotgun Saturday night in New Sewickley Township in Beaver County, authorities said.

A county police dispatcher said the department received a call at 8:02 p.m. that someone trying to shoot a skunk had accidentally hit a girl in the shoulder. The incident happened in the 300 block of Brewer Road. Police would not identify the victim or the shooter.

The dispatcher said the youngster was taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Lawrenceville. A condition report was not available.
Not a word about the shooter other than it was "someone" with a shotgun. No mention of charges or even of an investigation.

People who shoot other people mistaking them for animals should go to jail and lose their gun rights, period.

Why is that so difficult?  Why is there so much discussion about whether it was an accident or negligence, as if that makes a difference?  We need to take gun responsibility more seriously.  There are too many "accidents."

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.


  1. In the article from the WTOP website, the police chief states the man was a relative and "hadn't been drinking". Welly welly welly then, dude shoots a 4 foot tall skunk with a shotgun and the police chief doesn't press charges and you can take his word for it that the shooter hadn't been drinking....stay tuned...this is only going to get more

  2. Totally understandable shooting... except for the girl's size, number of legs, ability to respond in English when shouted at, or general smell (I'm assuming).

    Unless the girl were tiny and crawling around on all fours, this shooter has no excuse whatsoever. It's just plain stupidity. He should lose his gun rights and go to jail for it. End of story. Gun owners should always identify what they are shooting at (or, for that matter, pointing their gun at).

    Any reasonable gun owner should feel the same. Making justifications for this moron only gives a black eye to responsible gun owners.

    A similar incident today: A man is mistaken as a boar and shot to death:

    1. Oregonian, you're behind on your reading. Mikeb already discussed that incident.