12-Year-Old Lincoln Girl Recovering After Gunshot

lincoln-policeLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 12-year-old Lincoln girl is recovering from a bullet that tore through her back into a lung and shoulder at a Fourth of July party.

Paige Meyer said, at a Lincoln hospital, that she was “just happy to be alive.”

Lincoln Police Capt. Jim Davidsaver says 42-year-old Ronald Marsh was at the party with 10 to 12 other people when his .380-caliber handgun fell out of a pocket on his shorts, hit the ground and fired. The bullet struck Paige in the middle of her back and went out her right shoulder.

Her dad, Brian Meyer, says Marsh has apologized over and over. Marsh has been cited for unlawful discharge of a firearm.