A teenage girl is recovering in a hospital after she was shot by a 7-year-old boy playing “deer hunter” on Saturday, according to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were alerted to a shooting at a residence on East 310 Road near South 685 Road about 7:30 p.m. and found a 14-year-old girl wounded in the upper back.

The shooter, who was visiting the family living at the home, had taken a .22-caliber rifle from a bedroom and said he was going to play “deer hunter,” the sheriff’s office reported. While he was playing, the gun accidentally discharged, striking the victim, according to a new release.

The girl was taken to a hospital in Joplin, Missouri, and late Saturday underwent successful surgery, Capt. Gayle Wells said.

“She is conscious, alert and doing well,” he said.

Adults were at home at the time of the shooting, the news release said.

No charges were expected to be filed, the release said.

— KYLE HINCHEY, World Staff Writer

Kyle Hinchey 918-581-8451