Police are still waiting for autopsy and weapons-test results but have ruled as accidental a shooting that left a Sandy girl dead.
Sheila Gillham, 11, 10637 S. Rembrandt Lane, was pronounced dead at Primary Children's Medical Center after she was shot in the head, apparently with a .22-caliber rifle, while in a garage with an 11-year-old boy Thursday afternoon, according to a police report.Sandy police Detective Warren Jeffrey said Monday the shooting will continue to be considered accidental unless information from the state medical examiner or crime lab kindles criminal suspicion about the shooting.
The boy told police he had been playing at his house with Gillham when she started chasing him around the house with a claw hammer. He retrieved the gun from his bedroom to play a joke on the girl, the police report said. He pointed the rifle at her and pulled the trigger, then was surprised when the gun fired.
He then called his grandfather, who came to the house and called 911 after seeing the victim laying motionless on the garage floor.
The boy and his grandfather had been hunting rabbits west of Utah Lake earlier in the day, but both believed the rifle had been emptied after the hunting trip.