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Seven year old shot while swimming in backyard pool
TEKONSHA, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A 7-year-old girl from Tekonsha is speaking out after being accidentally shot while swimming with her siblings in a backyard pool.
The shooting happened around 5 p.m. Tuesday in the 6500 block of 14 and a half mile road.
Michigan State Police say the shooter was a neighbor who was using his 9 millimeter handgun for target practice.
Police tell us the man in his 30s also has a concealed weapons permit and should have known what he was doing.
The mother, Jodi Scherer tells Newschannel 3 that bullet barely missed hitting her daughter in the chest and whizzed right by her 2-year-old sister's head who was standing next to her.
"All of a sudden they all started screaming and running, and I was like what's wrong? And I ran up and Abby said, I’ve been shot!" said Scherer.
Scherer is calling it a freak accident and says she's thanking God one of her six children didn't die Tuesday from a gunshot wound.
"It came from the field and actually hit her up here, I mean how does that happen?" said Scherer.
Michigan State Police tell us the man who lives on the other side of the field was shooting his handgun for target practice, when the last bullet went awry traveling at least 200 yards across a cornfield and hitting 7-year-old Abby Wrobel in the arm as she was standing on her pool deck.
"It felt like a firework was going inside my arm," said Wrobel.
Scherer says her neighbor, who has three kids of his own, should have known better.
"I mean you can literally hear my kids playing at that house down there when they're outside. So he knew there were kids down there, he should have never been shooting this way," said Scherer.
Now Scherer says her kids are afraid to swim in the pool, and run inside when they hear gunshots nearby.
"It went in like boom! And it sounded like a firework," said Wrobel. "I cried more than Abby did. I think people should be more careful with their guns," said Wrobel's sister.
Scherer says she couldn't agree more and wants her neighbor prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
"You know I could have easily lost a child yesterday, and it’s just scary," said Scherer.
Michigan State Police say they are now requesting a charge of "Reckless Discharge of a Firearm Causing Injury."
We talked to the man's wife. She declined to go on camera, but tells us her husband is extremely shaken up by the accident, and plans on apologizing to the Scherers this weekend.