Police Say 7-Year-Old Accidentally Shot By Neighbor While Swimming

A 7-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet Tuesday in Tekonsha, Mich. while swimming in her backyard pool, TV station WWMT reported.

Michigan State Police told the news station that the girl’s neighbor, who had a concealed weapons permit, was using a 9 mm handgun for target practice in a nearby field. They said a stray bullet traveled at least 200 yards across the field before hitting the 7-year-old in the arm as she stood beside the pool.

State Police were requesting a charge of “reckless discharge of a firearm causing injury,” according to WWMT.

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