On Tuesday, an 8-year-old California girl visiting the Lawrence Hall of Science during a school field trip was struck in the leg by an arrow. According to the San Franciso Chronicle, third-grader, Nadine Hairston, was sitting on a life-size model of a fin whale outside the building when she was hit in her left thigh by an arrow.
Authorities say she suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Children’s Hospital Oakland with the arrow still lodged in her leg. According to the New York Daily News, the arrow went through her leg but missed major blood vessels.
It was not immediately known if the girl was hit accidentally or on purpose. The shooter has not yet been found, but police did locate several arrows in the hills surrounding the building.
Geoff Vassallo, 51, was accompanying students on another field trip and saw the injured girl moments after she was shot.
"She was pretty calm," Vassallo said. "She was crying a little bit. She said, 'Oh, it hurts.' One of the adults was comforting her, waiting for the emergency personnel to get here."
Vassallo, who is himself an archer, estimated that the arrow was 28 inches long.
"You shouldn't be shooting an arrow around here at all," Vassallo said. "There's no range here. You're not going to have archery here, with kids like this."
He added, "Poor little girl - she comes to have a nice day at the science hall, and she gets stuck with an arrow by some idiot."
Officers looking for the shooter were focusing on an area north of the science center where there are several houses and a parking lot.
Investigators will also try to analyze the arrow's trajectory to determine where it came from.
So what do you think? Accident or intentional? What precautions do you take when practicing archery near your home?
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