SEATTLE -- Lawyers for the family of an 8-year-old girl shot in a Bremerton school classroom pledged find who is responsible for events leading up to the incident and hold them accountable.
Amina Bowman was shot in the arm and stomach this month at Armin Jahr Elementary School when a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol fired from inside the backpack of a 9-year-old classmate.
Amina has undergone five surgeries and remains heavily sedated at Harborview Medical Center. The bullet from the gun shattered her arm, pierced her liver, gallbladder, pancreas and intestines and is now lodged in the muscles around her spine.
Attorney Jeffrey Campiche of Campiche Blue Arnold PLLC sat beside Amina's father, John Bowman at Harborview Thursday, where he said anyone at fault should be held liable.
It is not an accident that a loaded .45 caliber handgun was in a classroom where this child was cut down, Campiche said. The family doesn't think there's an accident here.
Campiche said he and his legal team will be looking into civil matters, including where and how the 9-year-old boy got the gun, whether any state agencies are at fault, and if the gun was properly manufactured.
Our plans are to get to the bottom of this, who is responsible for this, Campiche said.
We kind of need to hold people accountable for their actions, said John. We've got to get the parties responsible for what happened to Amina.
The boy told police he brought the gun to school because he planned to run away and needed protection. Campiche said police told him the boy got the gun from the glovebox of his mother's boyfriend's car. Criminal prosecutors have said they will seek probation and treatment for the boy.
The boy's mother and father relinquished custody of their son, and his uncle is now his legal guardian.
John Bowman said his daughter is not responsive after the last surgery, but that he and his wife remain at their daughter's bedside, talking to her and holding her hand. John said his wife was able to brush Amina's hair for the first time this week.
That's something she did every morning, she looked forward to it every morning before [Amina] went to school...that's something she misses, said John.
John said his daughter's condition is assessed on a day-to-day basis, and that they haven't begun to think about her long-term recovery just yet.
I don't understand why this happened to her, said John. We just have to wait a little longer for her to go home.
A trust fund has been established for Amina's care. To donate, ask for the Amina Bowman Fund at any Bank of America branch.
KING 5's Elisa Hahn contributed to this report