FREEDOM, Pa. (AP) - 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
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
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