NORMAN, Okla. — A 10-year-old Norman girl was shot in the head Wednesday by a teenage relative and police say, as of Wednesday evening, she was in “extremely critical” condition. Cpt. Tom Easley says while it appears to have been an accidental shooting, the investigation continues.
The family was not home Wednesday afternoon for comment but a neighbor says the family always looked like they were having fun.
“I don’t know what to say right now,” Mike Rider said. “You know, I’m kind of devastated about it.”
Police say it happened inside the girl’s aunt and uncle’s house in the 5600 block of 120th Avenue S.E. in Norman.
The bullet came from a .22 caliber hunting rifle and authorities say the trigger was pulled by the girl’s 14-year-old male cousin.
The girl was rushed to OU Medical Center.
“Long term prognosis, I’m sure, is probably not all that good,” Cpt. Tom Easley said. “My understanding is the bullet struck her in the forehead and traveled through the head.”
Officials at Pioneer Intermediate School in Noble say the girl is a 5th grader there and they identified her as Savanna Foutch.
However, police say they were given a different name for her.
“She’s the cutest little thing,” Principal Karen Canfield said. “She’s a petite little girl. Cute, friendly, loves hugs. She’s a doll. She’s just a doll. We all love her around here.”
Canfield says at a moment’s notice, they can have a Norman crisis team at the school ready to counsel students and teachers if this shooting proves to be fatal.
“They can be down here in 15 minutes if they have to be,” she said. “They’re that close if we needed them. We hope that’s definitely not going to happen.”
Easley said this girl has been in the custody of her aunt and uncle, not her parents, and was living with them as a guest.
There were several guns in that house and they encourage gun owners to be especially careful when children are present.
Police could not pass along what the teenager who fired the gun told them.