12-year-old accidentally shot by cousin in motorhome

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SAN DIEGO -- A child was accidentally shot by her young cousin in Fallbrook Friday afternoon, Sheriff's deputies confirmed.

A 12-year-old boy had found his uncle's 9mm handgun inside a motorhome parked in a driveway and was handling it when a single round discharged, hitting a girl, also 12, in her left shoulder, deputies said. Two adults inside the main house ran outside when they heard the gunfire and called 911.

Deputies and paramedics rushed to the house on Santa Margarita Drive, between Hillcrest Lane and East Mission Road, around 1:40 p.m.

Ground ambulances met a medical helicopter at a nearby softball field to transfer the girl and rush her to Rady Children's Hospital, the San Diego Sheriff's Department confirmed. The girl is expected to be OK.

The gun was recovered at the scene. Detectives are investigating the storage of the firearm and how the boy obtained it.

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