Uncle accidentally shot teen as she entered Avondale home

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by Jennifer Thomas and Alicia E. Barrón

azfamily.com

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 2 at 10:52 AM

AVONDALE – Police say a 14-year-old girl was accidentally shot by her uncle at her Avondale home Monday afternoon.

Avondale police officers found Deserae Novoa in the front yard of her home with her uncle, Jorge Miramontes, attending to her.

Police say Miramontes, 29, shot the girl when she walked through the garage and into her home near 108th Lane and Jefferson in Avondale.

Detective Reuben Gonzales said Miramontes was inside the home when he heard noises in the garage and thought an intruder was entering the house through the garage entry door. He fired one round through the door, striking Deserae in the upper torso.

Miramontes realized it was Deserae and called 911. He carried her onto the front lawn as he tried to help her.

Gonzales said the girl was airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital where she is listed in stable condition. She is expected to make a full recovery.

After speaking to the teen and her uncle, detectives determined that this was an accidental shooting.

The investigation has been forwarded to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for review of any possible charges against Miramontes.

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