Calif. girl recovering after being hit by arrow

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 28, 2013 at 10:16 pm •  Published: March 28, 2013
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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — An 8-year-old girl who was struck by an arrow while on a school field trip at the University of California, Berkeley does not appear to have been shot intentionally, campus police said Thursday.

Investigators are still trying to reconstruct the arrow's trajectory to pinpoint where it came from and who shot it as the center is located not too far from a residential area, Capt. Steven Roderick said.

"We have no real specific information yet," Roderick said. "But, at this time, it doesn't appear that someone intentionally tried to shoot at the little girl with an arrow."

Nadine Hairston was sliding down a life-sized model of a fin whale outside UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science Tuesday when she felt a sting from a 20-inch crossbow arrow that hit her in the thigh.

"I looked down, because I'm not exactly running, and I see the arrow in my skin," Nadine told KNTV-TV. "I was scared. I was shaking. It was really scary."

As she started crying, Nadine said her teacher rushed to her aid. To stay calm, she said they sang songs by country star Taylor Swift in the ambulance until they arrived at a hospital in nearby Oakland.

There, the third-grader needed surgery to remove the arrow, her relieved mother, Alicia Hairston of San Rafael, told the TV station.

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