13-year-old Alyssa Howe, of Lee's Summit, Missouri was at a friend's house when the friend brought out a 9mm handgun. Thinking the gun was not loaded the girl unintentionally fired a single shot. The bullet struck Alyssa in the head. Alyssa was taken to the hospital where she underwent surgery.
Alyssa remains in serious but stable condition. Her breathing tube has been removed, she is able to track people with both eyes, was able to squeeze her mother's hand and say "mom", and was able to give her nurses a thumps up sign. She has started physical therapy on her long road to recovery.
Police are investigating the shooting. Reports indicate that the gun was owned by a resident of the home where the incident occurred. At this time, no charges have been filed.