13-year-old girl hospitalized after accidental shooting; step-father charged

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va (WDBJ7) A 13 year old Franklin County girl remains in the hospital after an accidental shooting.

It happened around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 20th.

The girl was sitting in a wooded area just off Isolane Road in the Callaway area.

She was carrying a loaded gun when it accidentally went off, striking her in her lower back.

The girl was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital where she is stable.

An investigation revealed the gun she had belonged to her stepfather, Timothy Hale.

Hale was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony.

He was released on bond on Tuesday.