Maui Police Dept. is investigating after an eight-year-old girl was shot in the head with a pellet gun on Lanai.
Authorities said it happened last Saturday, May 10, at around 6:51 p.m. Police say the girl was in a pasture near Kanepuu when she was struck.
Nicholas Palumbo II told KHON2 that his daughter, Nanea, was at a fence feeding horses with her mother.
“She heard a pop and simultaneously the horse jumped and she explained it as a golf ball hitting her head,” he said. “She wiped it and it had blood yeah, so pretty much, she got shot.”
Nanea Palumbo was taken to Lanai Community Clinic with non-life-threatening injuries where she was treated and released.
“The hard part was the doctor using the scalpel and cutting the bullet out and pulling it out with like a surgical-type of needle-nose pliers,” Palumbo said. “So it was a really traumatic experience for my daughter to just be numbed and pinned down.”
Palumbo said the pasture borders a residential area and it’s common for children to feed the horses.
MPD ruled the incident as an accident, although it continues to investigate, according to a release.
Authorities stressed that anyone using any type of air gun should be mindful of their surroundings and use it designated areas only.
Juveniles must be supervised by a responsible adult while operating an air gun.