Wednesday, October 6, 2010
A 2-year-old girl was allegedly shot by her 4-year-old brother Monday evening in Dinosaur in what appears to be an accident.
Jeremy Ashton, a Moffat County Sheriff’s Office investigator, said two sheriff’s office deputies responded to the call after the office was notified of the incident.
Ashton said the child was driven to the Rangely District Hospital, then flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.
“It sounds like the child is going to be okay,” Ashton said.
A spokesperson for St. Mary’s did not return phone calls regarding the girl’s condition as of press time Tuesday evening.
The child was shot in the arm and the bullet traveled through right side of her torso, alongside the ribs, and exited through her lower torso, Ashton said.
However, the bullet did not hit any bones or organs when she was shot, Ashton said.
K.C. Hume, chief investigator for the sheriff’s office, said the firearm was a large caliber handgun. The distance from the boy to the girl at the time of the shooting was unavailable, Hume said.
Ashton said the handgun was left in an area accessible to the children.
Investigators do not suspect foul play in the incident, although the investigation is ongoing, Ashton said.
Hume said the office’s investigation is focused on the circumstances surrounding the shooting and how the juveniles came in contact with the handgun.
Ashton said criminal charges could be filed against the owner of the handgun depending on the results of the office’s investigation into the incident.
“Obviously, it could have been prevented, but we’ll see if the person involved was at fault or not,” he said. “We’ll get further details from the deputy and his reports on the questioning of the family who were responsible for the children.”