2-year-old wounded when New Hampshire man fires shotgun at ceiling

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A New Hampshire man accused of firing a shot from his gun that injured a 2-year-old girl in an upstairs apartment told an officer that he thought someone was in his bedroom, police said Monday.

Police arrested Timothy Hale, 51, in Newport on charges of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and second-degree assault. He faced arraignment Monday; it wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer.

The girl was in stable condition at a hospital. Her mother told police her child was asleep in her bedroom Sunday night and she was in a different room. She heard a loud noise, went to check on her daughter, and found that her blanket was covered in blood.

Police Chief James Burroughs said the girl was found inside the second-floor apartment with a gunshot injury to her right leg. Their investigation showed a 12-gauge shotgun round was discharged from Hale’s first-floor bedroom through the ceiling.

A police affidavit said Hale thought someone was in his room, and that “someone grabbed me.” He also said he had been drinking earlier.

“We’ve got nothing reported to us about any incident that would have led up prior to the shooting, so the facts and circumstances surrounding the exact and reason for the discharge are still under investigation,” Burroughs told WMUR-TV.

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