BANNING, Calif., July 28 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles-area woman shot her daughter, wounding her slightly in the arm, when she mistook a small revolver for a cigarette lighter, police said.
The Banning Police Department said the shooting occurred Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported. Rachel Avila, 30, and her daughter were outside their trailer home when Avila spotted the gun on the ground.
Avila picked up the tiny weapon and pulled the trigger twice with the muzzle pointing down. The second time a bullet discharged, ricocheted off the ground and hit her 12-year-old daughter.
The girl was treated for her injury at a local hospital.
The weapon was a North American Arms .22 caliber revolver, police said. Officials said anything that looks like a firearm should be treated as one.