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20-month-old girl injured in accidental shotgun blast, authorities say

A 20-month-old girl was accidentally wounded by a shotgun at this home in Largo.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

A 20-month-old girl was accidentally wounded by a shotgun at this home in Largo.

LARGO — Two children were hospitalized Thursday after they were accidentally shot in separate incidents in Pinellas County.

The first incident occurred Thursday morning when a 20-month-old girl was wounded by the accidental discharge of a shotgun. The girl, whose name was not released, was taken to All Children's Hospital with wounds that authorities said were not life-threatening.

Authorities did not release details of how the shooting occurred. The girl was driven by her mother and another family member to the hospital after the shooting occurred at a home at 59th Street N and 141st Terrace N in the Leisure World mobile home park.

Late Thursday night, Pinellas deputies said they were looking to speak to Justin Gallagher, 22, who had been living at that address, in connection with the shooting. Anyone with information about Gallagher's whereabouts can call Detective Richard Heaton at (727) 582-6200.

A neighbor who spoke with the family said the child's injury was to her ear. Police reported the child was crying and alert. Neighbor Jackie Grainger, 49, said she had spoken to the child's grandmother, who she identified as Lisa Glass.

"She said it would just be cosmetic, but she is so upset I can't understand what she is saying," Grainger said.

Grainger said the girl's name is Lilly. "She's so sweet," she said.

"I thank God it's not life-threatening," Grainger said. "It could have been so much worse."

The second incident occurred Thursday evening in Clearwater when a child picked up a gun and accidentally shot another child in a home. The child was not seriously injured, Pinellas sheriff's deputies reported.

It happened about 6:30 p.m. at 2171 Timber Lane. An adult in the home was showing three children several guns, and when the person momentarily set one of the firearms down, the child picked it up and the weapon somehow fired, deputies said. It was not clear if the child pulled the trigger.

The injured child was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa with a leg wound that deputies described as not life-threatening. An investigation by the sheriff's crimes against children unit was under way Thursday night.

20-month-old girl injured in accidental shotgun blast, authorities say 10/28/10 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 11:35pm]
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