GRANDVILLE, MICH. - A young girl didn't know at first she had been shot while playing in the backyard.
"She had some severe pain in her arm, went inside, and it was readily discovered that a shot had entered her body," Ottawa County Sheriff Captain Mark Bennett said.
The girl, who has not yet been identified by police, was shot in her upper arm, which then traveled to her chest. It happened Saturday, April 15, around 7:30 p.m.: the 11-year-old girl was jumping on her trampoline her backyard on Angling Road.
"It was found that a projectile entered her body it was ultimately removed and we had retained it for forensic ballistic type evidence," Bennett said.
Through their initial investigation, deputies believed it's a rifle round.
"May have been either target practicing or what not, and it's though by virtue of looking at that scene, the round could have come from one of those residences about a mile away from the victim," Bennett said.
WZZM 13 reached out to the parents for comment after the shooting but have not yet heard back. The girl since has been released from the hospital.
Deputies spoke to several people in the area of the shooting.
"We have folks that we think were shooting at the time and have been cooperative enough to tell us that they were shooting in the time frame that that little girl was injured," Bennett said.
Although it's not illegal to shoot on one's own property, in the event a bullet causes damage to another person or their property, that's when it could become a problem.
"There doesn't appear to be any intent in this particular case to cause injury, damage or harm what have you but that doesn't necessary absolve folks from violating a criminal statute," Bennett said.
The sheriff's office is expected to present their findings to the prosecutor, who will then determine if criminal charges should be filed.
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