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9-year-old shoots herself in the hand, Evansville man arrested

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Gilbert Ricketts Jr. (Source: Vanderburgh County Detention Center.) Gilbert Ricketts Jr. (Source: Vanderburgh County Detention Center.)

An Evansville girl is recovering after shooting herself in the hand on Friday night. 

Evansville Police say they were called to the 300 block of N. 9th Street around 9:30 p.m. and found a 9-year-old victim with a gunshot wound to her left hand.

Investigators believe 48-year-old Gilbert Ricketts Jr. was showing his guns to some neighborhood juveniles.

Police say Ricketts had removed the magazine from a .22 caliber rifle and allowed the girl to handle it, believing the weapon was safe. Officers say the rifle discharged, damaging the fingers on the girl's left hand. 

The victim was transported to the hospital where it is believed she will likely lose some of her fingers.

Police say Ricketts was arrested and charged with providing a firearm to a juvenile, a C Felony. 

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