BANNING -- A Banning, Calif., woman accidentally shot her 12-year-old daughter after pulling the trigger of a miniature revolver she had mistaken for a novelty cigarette lighter, authorities said Thursday.
Rachel Avila, 30, and her daughter were talking in front of their mobile home Sunday when Avila spotted what she thought was a novelty cigarette lighter lying on the ground, said officials with the Banning Police Department.
It was shaped like a miniature firearm, police said.
Avila picked up the object and tried to light it by pulling the trigger, police said.
The first time, nothing happened, but her second attempt released a 22-caliber bullet.
"The bullet struck the ground, and then ricocheted upward and entered her daughter's upper right arm," Banning police said in a statement.
The girl was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released.
Authorities identified the weapon as a "North American Arms, 22-caliber, derringer style revolver."
Banning police officials advised residents to be wary of objects that resemble a firearm.
"Do not handle the object, and call local law enforcement for assistance," authorities said.
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