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Bullet shrapnel injuries 16-year-old girl in Jackson

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Posted at 2:13 PM, Aug 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-01 14:13:06-04

What police say was an accidental discharge of a gun, sent a 16-year-old girl in Jackson to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Jackson Police officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Moorman Drive around 6:30 p.m. for the report of the shooting. A single shot shot was fired, struck the ground and the shrapnel from the bullet struck the 16-year-old girl both legs, said Deputy Chief Elmer Hitt.

The girl was taken to the Henry Ford Allegiance Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Hitt said, and is still in the hospital.

Due to witness accounts, police believe the discharge of the firearm was accidental. Hitt said there did not seem to be any confrontation.

“It’s not like he was pointing it at anyone intentionally or shot intentionally,” Hitt said. “Witness [statements] all corroborate it was an accident.”

Police have not been able to locate the shooting suspect, who left the scene after the firearm discharged.

Police continue to investigate the situation.