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Bullet grazed girl's head during birthday party sleepover

Jacksonville Child Shot
Posted at 8:18 AM, May 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-01 08:18:00-04

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a 12-year-old girl is recovering after being grazed in the head by a bullet during a sleepover for a friend's birthday in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office say the girl was sleeping on a couch when the shooting occurred around 2 a.m. Sunday. Investigators tell First Coast News that the homeowner's 11-year-old nephew who suffers from a mental illness shot the gun. He is under a 72-hour mental evaluation.

Officials say the bullet grazed the child, went through the couch and the living room wall. The girl was taken to a hospital but her injury is not thought to be life-threatening.

The homeowner told investigators the shooting was an accident. About eight children were at the home for a birthday party.