Penticton and South Okanagan
Girl shot with pellet gun during rodeo
Aug 18, 2013 / 1:22 pm
A 15-year-old girl was accidentally shot in the thigh Saturday afternoon during a mounted shooting event at the Summerland rodeo.
However, her injury was minor and, according to an eyewitness at the event, was looked after by members of the St. John Ambulance which were on the scene.
"The pellet hit her in the hip, but it barely broke the skin," said Pete Williams who was a spectator within seeing distance of the incident. "She was crying and scared, but St. John Ambulance disinfected it and that was the end of it."
BC Ambulance crews were not on the scene at this particular moment, having been called away to respond to a more serious rodeo accident according to Natasha Krystolovich, event secretary for the Summerland Rodeo.
"A bullrider had his leg crushed, so the ambulance had been looking after him," she said. "Basically the (BC) ambulance wasn't there for her."
Nevertheless, the mounted shooting event was cancelled after the incident took place, and the incident occurred at the conclusion of the attempt by the very first contestant. It happened during the mounted shooting event in which balloons are set up and contestants shoot them with pellet guns fired from one hand. Shooting takes place while contestants are mounted on their horses and riding.
According to Williams, the rider fell off her mount after her first attempt in the competition, and this may have created some visual confusion among the spectators.
"Everybody thought the rider was injured, nobody knew about the girl getting hit with the pellet," he explained.
"The father actually still has the pellet," he said.
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