Man accidentally shoots 2-year-old niece - News, Weather & Sports

Man accidentally shoots 2-year-old niece


A 2-year-old girl near Tucson is recovering after being shot in the leg.

Pima County Sheriff's Deputies say the child's uncle, Richard Moreno, 23, was visiting the home in Drexel Heights south of Tucson and was in the carport when he accidentally discharged his weapon. The bullet went through a wall and struck the girl in the leg while she was in the living room. Richard Moreno fled the scene following the shooting.

PCSO spokeswoman Tracy Suitt said witnesses gave conflicting statements at the home and only after being confronted with the inconsistencies did they admit what happened. Family members finally convinced Moreno to surrender to detectives, who arrested him at his mother's house.

The girl's injury was non-life-threatening. Moreno was booked into jail on one count of aggravated assault.

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