Mom helped son in Halloween shooting

2012-10-23 13:27

Rochester - Police say a Pennsylvania woman shined a flashlight for her son to help him shoot what they thought was a skunk but was really his 8-year-old cousin in a black-and-white Halloween costume.

The girl was hospitalised on Monday in critical condition following Saturday night's shooting in Rochester, a rural area just northwest of Pittsburgh where hunting is common.

New Sewickley Township police Chief Ronald Leindecker says the woman told officers she was hosting a Halloween party when she heard there was a skunk nearby and asked her son to shoot it.

The Beaver County Times reports the chief says 24-year-old shooter Thomas Grant is "devastated" by what happened. No one answered the door of the Grant house on Monday afternoon. No charges have been filed.

A neighbour says neither Grant nor his family had ever caused problems.

  • sheila.wilson.92798 - 2012-10-23 19:56

    Give guns to stupid people and that's what happens. To say nothing about shooting a defenceless animal...

      Oraniaboer - 2012-11-02 00:19

      What baffles me is that a skunk is about 30 centimeters in length and about 8-10 centimeters high. HOW IS IT AT ALL POSSIBLE FOR THESE DUMMIES TO THINK that their cousin of 8 years old can be as small as a skunk. I call bullcrap on this excuse. Lock em up. End of story.

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-10-23 21:00

    Why would you shoot a skunk? How could you mistake an 8-year old for a skunk ESPECIALLY with a costume? Something stinks about this story.

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