A Frederick County, Virginia man shot his 16-year-old daughter early Tuesday morning, mistaking her for an intruder. According to WHAG-TV Channel 4, the man then crashed his vehicle attempting to rush the teen to a local hospital.
Tuesday morning, at around 3:30 a.m., said police, the man was getting ready for work when his home alarm system said that the garage door had been opened, leading him to believe that an intruder was attempting to break into the house. In fact, his 16-year-old daughter was trying to sneak back in after breaking her curfew.
Captain Donnie Lang with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said, “When he went to go investigate what had set off the alarm, he heard some banging and rustling around in the garage. At that particular point, he obtained a firearm that he had there in the kitchen area.”
Sensing that someone was “coming at him” in the dark garage, the man opened fire, striking his daughter in the torso. He quickly realized his mistake and tried to rush the girl to Winchester Medical Center nearby.
On the way, however, he crashed the car. Police and first responders to the crash scene took the girl to the hospital for treatment. She is currently listed as being in stable condition.
Lang told WHAG, “We [will] confer with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office [to] reference all the facts, and once it is completed, determine how they want us to go further,” regarding whether or not charges will be filed in the case.
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