Police: 13-Year-Old Girl Hit by Stray Bullet from Father’s Gun

HAZLETON, Pa. -- A teenage girl is recovering after police say her father accidentally shot her through the wall of their home in Hazleton.

Police responded after 1 p.m. Sunday to a call that a 13-year-old girl had been accidentally shot on the 500 block of Alter Street.

Police say the girl's father--only identified as a 35-year-old man--was getting ready for work as a security guard when he accidentally fired off a round.

The bullet went through a piece of furniture and a wall, hitting the girl while she was in the bathroom.

The victim is expected to be OK.

According to police, the father did have a permit for the gun. Investigators say charges could be filed if it is determined that he was reckless or negligent.


  • Linda Shumate

    IF he was negligent? It goes without saying that he was negligent. There are NO accidental shootings. There are intentional shootings and there are NEGLIGENT shootings.

    • fortisveritas

      An accident is when something happens that was not intended. I seriously doubt that he intended for his firearm to discharge AND hit his daughter with the round. That said, there are some handguns that are notorious for firing when dropped. Unless you’re an attorney Linda, your comment is just your opinion. And you know what they say about opinions.

  • Lance Blinent

    In PA one needs a license to carry a firearms concealed but no license or permit is needed to own a gun. I can’t believe the police wouldn’t know this.

  • norman vincent

    He may hat his act cert. He may have a license to carry a fire arm. A license for a hand gun? No.

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