ROCHESTER, Pa. -- Charges have been filed against a Pennsylvania
man who shot what he thought was a skunk but was really his 8-year-old
cousin in a black-and-white Halloween costume.
Thomas Edward Grant of Jackson Center, Mercer County, was charged
Thursday with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and simple
The girl was hit in the shoulder, arm, back and neck. She
remained in critical condition from the shooting in rural Rochester,
about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.
Police say the girl was
playing hide-and-seek behind the Grant family's home Saturday night when
she was shot once with a 12-gauge shotgun. She was wearing a black body
costume and a black hat with a white feather.
Grant has a preliminary hearing Nov. 1. It wasn't clear whether he had an attorney.