Police say a costumed nine-year-old girl was accidentally shot by a relative who thought she was a skunk outside their home during a Halloween party.
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 says a male relative mistook her for a skunk and fired a shotgun, hitting her in the shoulder Saturday night.
Leindecker told the Beaver County Times that the girl was alert and talking when she was flown to a hospital about 50 kilometres away.
Her condition was unavailable.
Leindecker says the man hadn’t been drinking and he doesn’t know whether charges will be filed.
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We think he should at least get sprayed by a real skunk! -Ed.