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Berkeley, California girl Nadine Hairston recovering after being hit by arrow

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8-year-old Nadine Hairston (right), appears with her younger sister after being struck by an arrow at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley on March 26, 2013.

 

BERKELEY, Calif. (CBS SF/AP) - Police say an 8-year-old girl, who was struck by an arrow while on a school trip at the University of California -- Berkeley, does not appear to have been shot intentionally.

UC Berkeley police Capt. Steven Roderick says investigators are tracing the arrow's trajectory as they try to determine where it came from and who fired it.

Nadine Hairston was sitting on a life-sized model of a fin whale outside UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science late Tuesday morning when the 20-inch crossbow arrow became lodged in her thigh.

The girl was taken to a hospital, where the arrow was surgically removed.

UC Berkeley police Lt. Marc DeCoulode said police do not have any suspects in the case. He did note that UC Berkeley has an archery group, but the spot where they practice is on the other side of campus and "nowhere near this area."

Rehan Alam, club president of CalArchery, said the group's faculty adviser has confirmed that the arrow that hit the girl was fired from a crossbow -- a weapon not allowed by the club.

He said crossbows are much more powerful than the bows used by the club.

Field trip chaperone Geoff Vassallo, a recreational archer and hunter from the Yosemite area, was at the museum with his son's class, and said he did not know the injured girl.

He said the girl cried a little as she waited for an ambulance but said, "She was a pretty brave little girl."

Vassallo said it appeared the arrow came from below the courtyard, and that he hopes it was just an accident rather than someone acting maliciously.

He said that after the girl was struck, he scanned the area to see if anyone was running away, but didn't see anyone. The other students visiting the museum were ushered inside to make sure no one else was hit.

Anyone who might have information about the case is asked to call UC Berkeley police at (510) 642-6760 or dispatch at (510) 642-3333.

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