INDIO (CBS) — A 7-year-old girl was in stable but serious condition Monday after being accidentally shot in the chest during a family Mother’s Day party in Indio, according to a police spokesperson.

Ben Guitron said that the girl was apparently shot while in a bedroom with other children without any adults present.

“It was accidental, but we have to find out how it got to that point,” he said.

Guitron said authorities are trying to figure out how the gun was available to the children. But he said it is too early to determine whether criminal charges will be filed against any of the adults at the gathering at the home in the 83400 block of Ocean Breeze Lane.

The girl resides in Indio, but not at the home of the shooting, Guitron said. “She was there visiting due to the family celebration” when the shooting took place about 8:45 p.m. Sunday.

The girl, whose name has not been released, came out of the bedroom after the shooting complaining of chest pains and was driven to JFK Memorial Hospital by family members. She was later transferred to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

“We’re happy the child is in stable but serious condition, that gives us a sign of hope because last night we didn’t know which way it was going to go,” Guitron said. “Hopefully she walks away with just remembering she had a bad weekend.”

Guitron did not have details of how many children were in the room, their ages or who owned the gun.

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Comments (11)
  1. Alan C Rhine says:

    OK START THE SCREAMING GUN CONTROL NUTS BAD GUN !!!!. I put the blame squarely on the shoulder of the guns OWNER. How does this happen can’t even buy a gun in CA without proof of some kind of safe or that weapon comes with a lock of some kind

    1. Kaos says:

      It snudos like an awful eurodance hit from the 1990sVA:F [1.9.11_1134]please wait…Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)VA:F [1.9.11_1134]Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

  2. matthew says:

    Obviously they did not have a trigger lock on the firearm, and or a safe with the magazine empty and locked away….

    1. Alan C Rhine says:

      No way to fixed STUPID can just give them the tools can’t make them use it

    2. Auth says:

      the same about him. He has been hinedag left ever since, as his appearance on Clinton News Network and PMSNBC shows. He also appeared on Glenn Beck, and I hope that someone has set Glenn straight about him. Same with Joe Scarborough, who was a conservative, before PMSNBC. The media exposure reveals their true hearts….. are they mini Rushs, or CPINO’s …….. Conservative Pundits In Name Only.

  3. Luz Herrera says:

    The gun was probably possessed by a felon, who kept the gun under his pillow. He should be put in jail.

    1. matthew says:

      If he was a felon there wouldn’t be a investigation, it would have been a automatic arrest. Just a ignorant firearm owner

  4. ronnie says:

    We’re sure this happened at a typical AMERICAN home, right?

  5. Give me a break says:

    Why is a 7 year old still out on a school night at 8:45pm? Her parents should have had her home and in bed.

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