A 9-year-old Pennsylvania girl was hospitalized Saturday after being shot by a relative who mistook her for a skunk because of her Halloween costume.


The Beaver County Times reported that the girl, who was not identified by authorities, was walking over a hillside in New Sewickley Township wearing a black costume and a black hat with a white tassel when a male relative fired at her with a shotgun, hitting her in the arm, back, neck and shoulder.

Police Chief Ronald Leindecker said the unidentified relative was not drinking at the time of the incident. He also said a decision will be reached within the next few days as to whether charges will be pressed against him.

The girl was flown to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, about 30 miles away from New Sewickley, and was reportedly conscious while being transported. Her condition had not been released as of Monday morning.

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