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Police claim Clearfield girl accidentally shot by her brother

CLEARFIELD, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A Clearfield girl is suffering from a serious injury Thursday. Police said she was accidentally shot by her own brother.
UPDATE: Clearfield Police Detectives have determined the shooting was accidental.

The handgun used in this case
had been stolen by the juvenile brother (to the victim) approximately a year-ago in what he reported was
a car burglary. The car burglary was reported to have occurred in the Clinton area, the victim of the burglary is not known at this time.

Detectives will continue to work with Clinton Police Department
and other surrounding agencies to attempt to locate the victim of the firearm theft.

The victim of this shooting is actually 12 years of age not the previously mentioned 13 year old.

The suspect is 16 years of age not the previously mentioned 15 year old.
CLEARFIELD, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A Clearfield girl is suffering from a serious injury Thursday. Police said she was accidentally shot by her own brother.

Right now police in Clearfield are trying to figure out how the brother shot his 12 year old sister.

"When our officers arrived they found a female that had sustained a gunshot wound to her back," said Chief Greg Krusi, Clearfield Police Department.

Police said the brother and sister were in their home near 3rd West and 2nd North in Clearfield, when the brother got his hands on a gun.

"It appears that a brother was here, had possession of a 22 caliber handgun and had somehow discharged that firearm striking his sister," said Krusi.

Investigators said the bullet went in and out, right through the girl's shoulder. She was airlifted to Primary Children's Medical Center. From what police can tell so far, they don't believe her brother intended to hurt her.

"At this point the case is under investigation, like all shootings are, but at this point it doesn't look like anything more than an accidental shooting."

ABC 4 Utah is told both parents are aware of what happened. We're told they were actually home at the time. At last check, there's no update on how the girl is doing. Police did not immediately return ABC 4 Utah’s phone calls.

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