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Child shot, in recovery
A 10-year-old Brunswick girl is recovering from a gunshot wound to her shoulder after she was shot accidentally Sunday in the parking lot of a store on Norwich Street.

Brunswick police spokesman Lt. Todd Rhodes said a .22 caliber rifle was discharged accidentally at about 4 p.m. Sunday as the girl and her family were putting bags of merchandise from Family Dollar, 2014 Norwich St., into a car.

Rhodes provided no other details, including in which shoulder the bullet lodged and where the gun was. He said investigators were trying to determine why it discharged.

The girl, who Rhodes declined to identify, was taken to the Brunswick hospital of Southeast Georgia Health System, where she was treated for a nonlife threatening wound.

No charges have been filed. "We just have to see how the investigation plays out," Rhodes said.

Ensuring that guns are secured properly is part of responsible gun ownership, especially when children are around, he said.

"Children and guns really don't need to be in the same vicinity," Rhodes said.

Any gun a child may come into contact with should be locked with a safety mechanism to ensure an accident does not happen.

People should not store guns in parked vehicles, which are easy targets for thieves, Rhodes said.

Thousands of individuals, including children, are injured accidentally by guns each year in the United States. According to statistics compiled by the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence, 14,675 people were wounded by being unintentionally shot in 2011, the most recent year studied.

* Reporter Michael Hall writes about public safety, environment and other local topics. Contact him at mhall@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 320.



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