9-year-old girl shot after being mistaken for a skunk

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A 9-year-old girl was accidentally shot by a relative who mistook her for a skunk outside a Pennsylvania Halloween party, police said.

The girl, who was wearing a black costume and a black hat with a white tassel, was outside the western Pennsylvania home when a male relative mistook her for a skunk and fired a shotgun at her, said police, hitting her in the arm and back, the Star Tribune reported.

The girl was alert and talking when she was flown to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, about 30 miles away, reported the Washington Post, but her current condition is unknown.

Pittsburgh police said that it is unknown whether the male relative had been drinking or not and that it is unsure if charges will be filed, reported the Star Tribune. A decision will be released in a few days, police said.

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