A 5-year old girl, Alyssa Bobbit, was in her apartment in Grant's Pass, Oregon, along her mother and another adult woman, Karen Hancock, when a transient male, Jon Andrew Meyer Jr., age 30, visited their home.
That's when Meyer found an assault rifle in the home, which was apparently fully automatic, either by design or by alteration of a semi-auto version. He then fired the gun through the ceiling of the room, striking Alyssa in the head and wounding Hancock in the torso. Alyssa later died.
From an article:
Police said Meyer was in a downstairs room of the apartment when the rifle went off there, and the girl and the woman were upstairs in the same apartment. The woman was not related to the girl, whose mother was also in the apartment, but not shot, Turner said.
A neighbor, Chris Mehl, told The Grants Pass Daily Courier (http://bit.ly/11Sry9a ) that he heard a gunshot, then a rapid firing.
When he left his house, he said, he saw the girl on the sidewalk. It appeared she'd been struck in the head, and he tried to stop the blood, he said. ....
Bill Dodder told The Associated Press that he heard a very loud sound while inside his house a block away, but did not immediately recognize it as gunfire. When he went to see what was going on, he saw Meyer outside yelling on his cellphone, apparently with the 911 dispatcher, and asking bystanders for the address.
Dodder said Meyer told the dispatcher, "There is no shooter! There is no shooter!" and added that he did not know the magazine was loaded.
Police said the girl was taken to the hospital in Grants Pass but died a short time later. They said the woman, 44, was shot in the torso and hospitalized in stable condition..