Girl wounded at Bremerton school leaves hospital

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Posted: Apr 03, 2012 9:55 PM
Girl wounded at Bremerton school leaves hospital

A third-grader who was critically wounded when a gun in a classmate's backpack accidently fired has left a Seattle hospital.

Amina Kocer-Bowman was released Tuesday afternoon from Harborview Medical Center. She walked out of the hospital on her own. Her surgeon, Dr. Eileen Bulger, said Amina was doing well. Her father said the family was "happy to have her with us."

She underwent five surgeries after the Feb. 22 shooting that shattered her elbow and ripped through internal organs.

The bullet fired from a .45-caliber handgun in the backpack of a 9-year-old classmate who brought it to Armin Jahr Elementary in Bremerton. The gun went off when he dropped his backpack on a desk.

The Kitsap County prosecutor charged the boy's mother and her boyfriend with felony assault for negligently allowing the boy access to the gun. They have pleaded not guilty.