An eight year old girl is in stable condition after being shot Sunday night.
Deputies responded to a call Sunday evening at a home on Highway 73 South near the Jackson-Calhoun county line.
“During the investigation we found that an uncle that was visiting had accidentally, while clearing his weapon, the weapon had went off and it struck the little girl,” said Captain Virgil Watson, Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Office.
Officials said the girl was life flighted to a Panama City hospital but later transported to the Pensacola area for pediatric attention. The child was struck by the bullet in the lower part of her body.
As of Monday morning, the bullet was still lodged in her body.
“We talked to the father this morning as a follow up. She’s in stable condition and seems to be doing good. I think they’ve got some good reports,” said Captain Virgil Watson, Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Office.
Officials have not released any names at this time because they are still investigating, but seem to think that no criminal activity took place.
“Our preliminary finding right now is it is an accidental shooting. We still of course are doing further investigation,” said Captain Virgil Watson, Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Office.
Since Jackson County is in the midst of hunting season, Captain Watson said this is the prime opportunity to remind everyone to be extremely careful when handling firearms.
“They just need to be careful when they’re handling their weapons. They need to be careful where they store their weapons. If there’s any children around they do not need their weapons around when there’s young children,” said Captain Watson.
No arrests have been made in relation to this case at this time.