CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. — Two Cumberland County girls remain hospitalized in fair condition after an accidental shooting over the weekend.
Lauren and Natalie Rhodes, who are 10 and 11 years old, were getting in a car Sunday morning at their Blossom Terrace home in Boiling Springs.
Their mother, Jane Rhodes, was removing a rifle and muzzleloader from a passenger seat when it went off, hitting one of the girls in the leg and the other in the pelvis, state police said.
Troopers were told both weapons had been left in a safe position so they shouldn’t have accidentally fired.
“We’re not exactly sure why it went off. At this point, it appears to be a very freak mishap that potentially could have cost the two girls greater serious injury than what they sustained,” said state police Trooper Tom Pinkerton.
The guns were left in the car by the family’s father and son, who had been hunting the day before, police said.
No charges will be filed.