Teen girl accidentally wounded at Casa Grande shooting range

Teen girl accidentally wounded at Casa Grande shooting range

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) – Authorities say a teenage girl is recovering after being accidentally shot at a Casa Grande shooting range.

Casa Grande police say the 14-year-old girl was flown to a Phoenix hospital after the incident Saturday night.

A police department park ranger was conducting a security check of the range and provided first aid to the wounded girl until emergency crews arrived.

Police say a 50-year-old man who’s a family friend of the girl was trying to holster his 9mm handgun at a range table and accidentally discharged it.

The bullet struck the girl, who was sitting about 20 feet away.

Police say the teen was hit in the upper front torso and the bullet exited her back.

Detectives are forwarding a report of the incident to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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