Madera girl, 9, accidentally shot by cousin, 5. DA will determine if homeowner charged

A 9-year-old girl was shot in the back by her 5-year-old cousin inside a rural Madera home Sunday night, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday.

The Sheriff’s Office is requesting a charge of criminal storage of a firearm against the homeowner in the case, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Kayla Serratto.

Serratto said the incident occurred about 9 p.m. in the 20000 block of Avenue 6. A 911 call was received by dispatchers reporting the shooting. The caller said that the girl was being taken to the hospital. A short time later, the hospital reported that a gunshot victim had arrived.

Two deputies arriving at the home found a Ruger .22-caliber rifle in the home and learned that the 9-year-old was playing with her cousin when the younger child found the firearm and accidentally shot the girl. Family members took her to the hospital. She is reported to be in stable condition.

The rifle and ammunition were seized by deputies. Although the shooting appears to be an accident, the district attorney will decide if the owner of the residence will face charges.