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Girl, 9, shot in hunting mishap in fair condition

A nine-year-old Palmyra girl who was shot in the shoulder Saturday morning while hunting in Crawford County is in the hospital in fair condition.
Indiana Conservation Officer Mac Spainhour said the accident happened Saturday morning, the first day of firearms season for deer hunting in Indiana.
Summer Higgins was hunting with her father, Edward Higgins, on private property in the Carefree area, Spainhour said.
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Dept. received a call about 9:40 a.m. that a hunter had been shot, he said.
The pair were walking up an incline when the girl fell, causing her .410-gauge shotgun to discharge. The slug struck her left shoulder, Spainhour said.
The father estimated he carried his daughter 300 to 400 yards out of the woods to a residence, where he used a cell phone to call for help.
‘He was not real familiar with the area,’ said Indiana Conservation Officer Terry Allen.
Allen and another C.O., Joe Lackey, were working Saturday when the call for help was made. ‘We were on the same road and got there within a few mintues,’ Allen said.
Officer Mark Bye of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Dept. also responded.
Summer was taken by STATCARE air ambulance to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, where she was listed in fair condition Monday. Allen said Summer had surgery Sunday and would possibly have additional surgery sometime this week.
Allen said ‘her spirits are pretty good.’