Pastor who accidentally shot granddaughter charged


The Rochester pastor who shot and wounded his 16-year-old granddaughter last month after he mistook her for an intruder has been charged with intentional discharge of a firearm that endangered safety, Fox 9 and the Associated Press report.

Stanley Wilkinson, 61, told police that he had heard a noise outside his house on Dec. 10, and that he fired two rounds from his pistol after seeing what he thought was someone trying to open a door.

His granddaughter, identified by friends as Paige Wilkinson, spent days in critical condition at St. Mary's hospital, Fox 9 reports. She had been living with her grandparents, but Stanley Wilkinson told investigators that he had believed she was already in the house that night. She told investigators she had left the house without her grandfather knowing.

Fox 9 obtained the 911 call transcript from that night.

Wilkinson, a pastor at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Rochester, is due in court Feb. 25.

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