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St. Pete police: 13-year-old girl shot in chest by 14-year-old cousin

ST. PETERSBURG — A 13-year-old girl was hospitalized Tuesday evening after she was accidentally shot in the chest by her 14-year-old cousin, St. Petersburg police said.

The girl, Danajha Jackson, was driven by her mother to All Children's Hospital, where a hospital official said she was listed in good condition late Tuesday night.

Police were still looking for the cousin, Jonathan Jude Gilbert, who they said arrived with the family at the hospital, but left before authorities could speak to him. Police put the hospital on lockdown for a time while they searched for the boy, but could not find him.

While they searched late Tuesday night, police said they feared Gilbert still may have the gun.

Earlier Tuesday afternoon, the girl's mother stood in the kitchen of her home near 39th Avenue S and Fourth Street S. Danajha and Jonathan, who both attend Bay Point Middle School, were in other rooms throughout the house along with some other children.

The mother heard a gunshot, and discovered her daughter in her bedroom with a wound to her chest.

The mother drove the children to the hospital, and was involved in a minor hit-and-run along the way, police said.

Police were called to the hospital at 5:02 p.m.

Investigators discovered that a single bullet had been fired from the bathroom, where Jonathan had been seen before the shooting, and passed through the wall and struck the girl.

Police could not find the gun at the home and did not know how the boy obtained it. Authorities believe it was an accident and the gun discharged as the boy was trying to clean it.

They were working with family to locate him Tuesday night.

St. Pete police: 13-year-old girl shot in chest by 14-year-old cousin 10/29/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 10:36pm]
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