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Rochester Grandfather Accidentally Shoots Granddaughter

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 at 1:18 pm

A grandfather in Rochester told police that he had a recent nearby burglary on his mind when he accidentally shot his 16-year-old granddaughter. He apparently thought the girl was an intruder.

Police say the man and his wife were asleep when they heard a noise outside their home around 11 p.m. Monday. He said he saw a figure at the back door and fired at least two shots.

The figure turned out to be his granddaughter, who had been living with the couple.

WCCO reports that the grandfather thought his granddaughter was inside the home when he shot the handgun.

He told police there had been burglary at a nearby recreation center recently and that was on his mind.

The girl is currently in critical condition.

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