Girl hit by arrow that appeared out of nowhere

Claudine Zap

An 8-year-old girl on a field trip to a museum was mysteriously hit in the leg by an arrow.

According to, police reports stated that the third-grader from the Mary E. Silveira Elementary School in San Rafael, Calif., was playing on a replica of a whale outside the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley when she was hit in the thigh by a crossbow arrow on Tuesday morning.

The injured girl was taken to Children’s Hospital & Research Center in Oakland with the arrow still lodged in her leg and treated for a non-life threatening injury. She was kept overnight for observation.

Geoff Vassallo, 51, of Mariposa, who was on a field trip with another school, happened to be standing by the girl when the incident occurred. He told, "She was pretty calm. She was crying a little bit. She said, 'Oh, it hurts.’” He added, "One of the adults was comforting her, waiting for the emergency personnel."

It's not yet known if the arrow was shot accidentally or on purpose. Police traced its possible trajectory and scoured the area. So far, a shooter has not been found.

UC Berkeley police Capt. Steve Roderick told the San Jose Mercury News, "We have no indication at all that this was intentional. The little girl was on a school trip. From all indications, it was either reckless or a random shot."