Arrow shot victim’s sister: ‘She had a hole in her back’

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A 9-year-old girl has been treated and released from the hospital after she was shot in the back with an arrow on Tuesday.

Four young girls were walking on Bain Street in Cranston when Lexi Franco, 9, was struck by an arrow shot.

According to police, the arrow was fired from the bow of 27-year-old Daniel King. King later told police he tried to shoot a pigeon in his driveway with a bow and arrow when it ricocheted and hit the girl.

“We were just talking for a couple minutes and that’s when he shot Lexi. I thought it was one of those plastic ones, you know? Then I turned around and he was there just looking at us. Then she goes ‘Ow, ow,’ and the thing fell out…and I saw blood,” said the victim’s sister Angel Lucchetti, “She had a hole in her back over here. Like a big hole.”

The victim was bandaged on scene, then transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for treatment.

According to a police report obtained by Eyewitness News, police responded to King’s home after speaking with the victim’s mother. King’s grandmother, who owns the home, reported she hadn’t seen him for about 45 minutes. A friend of his was there, and he told police King tried to shoot a pigeon with the arrow and accidentally struck the child.

King arrived on scene a short time later with his hands in the air, and said to police “I knew you were looking for me. It was an accident. Is she okay?” He was handcuffed and taken into custody.

Police later executed a search warrant at the suspect’s home and seized a large Hoyt USA 63-inch bow, a small 36-inch bow, seven arrows, as well as a blood swab and a control swab from the broken arrow.

King was charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon and held as a probation violator.

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