More surgery for Bremerton school shooting victim, Amina Bowman

More surgery for Bremerton school shooting victim, Amina Bowman

More surgery for Bremerton school shooting victim, Amina Bowman

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 24, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 24 at 3:55 PM

SEATTLE -- The third-grade girl accidentally shot while in her Bremerton classroom this week underwent another surgery at Harborview Medical Center Friday morning.

Doctors for Amina Bowman, 8, said she had another "exploratory" surgery at 10:30 a.m. at Harborview. They will allow her condition to stabilize for a few days before performing more surgery. Doctors did not specifically say what was done during the surgery.

Amina remains in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit.

At a press conference Thursday, Dr. Eileen Bulger, Harborview's Medical Director for Emergency Services and one of Amina's surgeons, said the bullet from the .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol that shot the little girl remains lodged in the muscles around her spine. Amina was shot in the arm, shattering those bones and the bullet continued through her stomach, causing serious damage to her internal organs.

Amina's teacher, Natalie Poss, talks about the shooting in her classroom

Bulger said Amina will require many more surgeries in order to fully recover, and estimated it could be months before she will be well enough to return to school.

The boy who police said accidentally shot Amina, a 9-year-old classmate at Armin Jahr Elementary, bailed out of the Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Center late Thursday. He faces charges of third degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and bringing a dangerous weapon onto school property. 

According to court documents, the boy said he brought the gun to school because he planned to run away. The gun officers said he brought to school Wednesday, had the safety off and was cocked when it fired by accident. Witnesses said the boy slammed his backpack down on a desk, causing the gun to fire.

 

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