A 17-year-old was in critical condition Monday night after her 19-year-old brother accidentally shot her in the forehead with a pellet rifle, police said.
The pellet penetrated “quite a distance into the brain,” Wichita police Sgt. Kurt Peckenschneider said.
Although the 17-year-old was taken in critical condition to St. Francis Hospital, she was able to communicate during her examination, Peckenschneider said.
Emergency dispatchers received a 911 call about the shooting around 5:30 pm., he said. The shooting appears to have occurred in the bedroom of a home in the Lakeside Landing mobile home park, 2625 S. West St.
It appears from the initial investigation that the 19-year-old brother didn’t realize the pellet rifle was loaded and that he pointed it in an “unsafe direction” when it fired, Peckenschneider said.
“Everybody is saying it was an accident,” he said. Still, he said, police are documenting the scene as if it were a crime scene. Charges can be filed in accidental shootings, he said.
Some people might not realize that pellet guns can be dangerous. “They can cause serious, deadly injuries as well,” he said.