14-year-old Louisiana girl shot, injured while playing hide-and-seek on neighbor's property

The victim was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA
A 14-year-old Louisiana girl was shot in the back of the head on Sunday while playing the game hide-and-seek on her neighbor's property. The neighbor is suspected of shooting the girl on his property, authorities state.

David Van Doyle, 58, has been arrested on charges that include aggravated battery, four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, and illegal discharge of a firearm, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office said in a report published to their Facebook page.

The incident happened early Sunday morning on Van Doyle's property in Starks, Louisiana.

Several minors were playing a game of hide-and-seek, with some of them hiding on his property. Van Doyle told investigators that he saw "shadows" outside his house which prompted him to retrieve his firearm, according to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

Van Doyle then "went back outside and saw people running away from his property, at which point he began shooting at them and unknowingly hit the girl," the news release states.

The bullet struck the 14-year-old victim in the back of the head. She was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Van Doyle remains in custody and his bond has not yet been determined.

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