A teenage girl who was shot accidentally Tuesday night in St. Petersburg is doing better. Thirteen-year-old Danajha Jackson could have died after being shot in the chest -- that's because police say the bullet came within an inch or two of killing her.
The shooting happened at the girl's house on Elkcam Boulevard S.E. Tuesday morning. Police say it was an accident. They say Danajha's cousin, who is 14 years old, was handling the gun.
"He brought the gun into the bathroom, was going to clean the gun. Apparently, in the process of trying to take the bullets out, the gun discharged," said St. Pete Police Spokesman Mike Puetz. "The bullet went through the wall and struck the 13-year-old girl, who was in her bedroom."
Danajha, her mother, and her cousin all went to All Children's Hospital together. At some point, the cousin disappeared and the hospital was locked down. Twelve hours after the shooting, the boy turned himself in with his stepfather -- but the gun is missing. Detectives want to know where it is now, and where it came from.
"What I can say at this point is that we're looking closely at his peer group, some of the kids that he's been associating with," Puetz said. "There's a good possibility that he didn't get this from an adult, but another kid."
Danajha had surgery to remove the bullet. Wednesday afternoon, she was listed in good condition.
Her cousin was previously in trouble for burglary and robbery. The State Attorney's Office will decide whether he'll be charged in the shooting.
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