SPRING CREEK — Emergency personnel transported a 4-year-old girl to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after she was shot in the leg by a family member, said Elko County Sheriff Jim Pitts.
The girl, whose name was not released, is expected to survive, Pitts said.
Deputies believe that a family member, who they also did not name, was putting a gun away or taking it out of its hard case when it discharged at the home on Blackstone Drive in Spring Creek.
The bullet hit the child in the upper thigh area, Pitts said.
He did not specify whether it was an accidental discharge, as detectives are still investigating the incident.
Initial dispatch communication indicated that the female family member who called in the incident was uncooperative. A dispatcher said she hung up twice on the dispatch personnel and was unable to provide information about the condition of the child, according to police scanner conversation.
Summit Air was initially dispatched to the scene, but left without transporting the child, who was taken to the hospital by ambulance.