Alice police are investigating what they call an "accidental" shooting.
Detectives say it happened on Hobbs Street Saturday afternoon.
Officers say a 12-year old boy was unloading a rifle when it went off and struck an 8-year old girl in the abdomen.
Halo Flight rushed her to the hospital.
We're told her injuries are severe but not life threatening.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.