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Rochester teen shot by grandfather improving

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The 16-year-old who was shot earlier this week by her grandfather who mistook her for an intruder was improving in the hospital Thursday, the grandfather told the Star Tribune. Stanley Wilkinson told the newspaper, "The more we find out that she's going to be OK ... that's everything for us right now."

The teen had been in critical condition when she was hospitalized Monday night with a wound to her upper torso. She has been living with her grandparents recently, and Wilkinson at the time of the shooting thought the girl was already inside the house, investigators have said.

The 61-year-old man fired a handgun at the girl, believing that she was an intruder outside his back door. He is a pastor at Rochester Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Rochester Post Bulletin reported. He has not been charged but police are still investigating.

Members of his congregation were praying for Wilkinson and his family, and one member said he was a kind man dealing with a devastatingly tragic event, the Star Tribune reported.

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