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Update: Owensville girl shot in head, dies

Update: Nov. 3 at 4:14 p.m.

Three-year-old Allison Schneider died Tuesday after being hit by a stray bullet. Police say she was walking with her mother and a friend near the friend's home, just south of Owensville on Route EE.Neighbors say the group had gone outside to look at some horses.Gasconade County Sheriff Randy Esphorst says a man was target shooting at a house just down the road. A stray .9mm bullet traveled more than 350 yards across a field and struck Allison in the left temple."So you couldn't directly see from where he was shooting to where the little girl was, said Esphorst. If you stood in one area and I stood in the other, we wouldn't be able to see each other.Allison was life flighted to a hospital in St. Louis, the bullet still lodged in her head.The man authorities believe fired the shot is being cooperative and turned over his handgun to authorities.Sheriff Esphorst says no charges have been filed against the shooter, but the investigation is ongoing.

Update: Nov. 3 at 1:07 p.m.

A 3-year-old rural Owensville girl is reported to be in critical condition after being hit in the head by a stray bullet.

The Gasconade County Sheriff said the incident happened yesterday, just south of Owensville, while the girl was walking with two other children on her own property.

Allison Schneider was flown to St. Louis Children's Hospital and X-rays showed the bullet was still lodged in her head, according to Dave Marner of the Gasconade County Republican.

The sheriff said the shot came from an adult male neighbor who was shooting at a target more than 360 yards from the girl.

Eight .9mm casings were eventually recovered and eight rounds were fired, the sheriff said. It has not been confirmed if the victim was wounded by a .9mm projectile. He turned over a nine millimeter handgun to authorities.

The sheriff said the investigation is ongoing and the shooter is being cooperative with police questioning.

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