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14-year-old Cottonwood Heights girl halts assault of her mother by shooting aunt's hand with BB gun

By Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News

Published: Sat, July 27 11:35 a.m. MDT

 A 14-year-old Cottonwood Heights girl stops the assault of her mother by shooting a BB gun at her aunt, who allegedly had also scratched the girl during a disturbance shortly before 7 a.m. Saturday. The aunt was taken into custody by police.

A 14-year-old Cottonwood Heights girl stops the assault of her mother by shooting a BB gun at her aunt, who allegedly had also scratched the girl during a disturbance shortly before 7 a.m. Saturday. The aunt was taken into custody by police.

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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — Police said a 14-year-old girl halted an assault on her mother shortly before 7 a.m. Saturday by shooting her aunt in the hand with a BB gun.

The mother, who lives in Cottonwood Heights with her three children, was attacked by her sister, Sara Nuneviller, 30, said Cottonwood Heights Police Sgt. Scott Peck.

"Sara punched her sister and the two were fighting violently," Peck said.

As the teenage girl attempted to stop the fight, she was punched and scratched across her neck by the aunt, causing her to bleed profusely, he said.

Once the girl determined she could not stop the altercation, she left the room and returned with a black BB gun styled as a pistol, reportedly shooting Nuneviller in the hand, Peck said.

Nuneviller ran to a neighbor's house, telling them she had been shot in the hand.

Nuneviller, who had been staying at her sister's home at 1678 E. 7200 South, had been driving a vehicle reported stolen in South Salt Lake. Nuneviller was taken into custody by police, facing possible charges of assaulting a child, Peck said.

Email: marjorie@deseretnews.com

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1. toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT,
July 27, 2013

Can you say "dysfunctional family?" My goodness, violence, stolen cars, etc. Someone needs to have a re-do on life skills and how to be a responsible person. I would have called PD immediately when the aunt became violent. She's lucky is wasn't a gun designed to kill humans and there's be a funeral in a few days.

2. Elcapitan
Ivins, UT,
July 27, 2013

this teenage girl did the right thing....a BB Gun made a believer out of this visiting
menus. Smart girl for knowing how to deal with her attacker in the right way.

3. TRUTH
Salt Lake City, UT,
July 27, 2013

Obamaites, had this 14 yr old not had a gun, she might not have a mother tonight!

4. ulvegaard
Medical Lake, Washington,
July 27, 2013

I am one who always hopes that the solution is never more violence. That much said, I am also one who believes that we have a right to defend ourselves / family.

Those who wish to eliminate guns can only succeed as far as removing them from the benign half of society. The criminal element will retain theirs. Already people in many cities are being told when calling for police assistance that they just don't have the man-power to respond and yet, defenseless citizens are often being made out to be the criminal when they had no choice but to use lethal force to protect themselves.

Again, we should try to avoid bloodshed, but sometimes it comes to that.

5. Eliyahu
Pleasant Grove, UT,
July 28, 2013

@TRUTH
Salt Lake City, UT

"Obamaites, had this 14 yr old not had a gun, she might not have a mother tonight!"

I'm not sure what an "Obamaite" is, but this was a BB gun; not a firearm. BB guns are unregulated and no one has even proposed any restrictions on them. Had it been a real gun, there would have been at least one person dead or wounded and three lives would have been changed forever, and not for the better. Take it from this ex-soldier: when you shoot someone, it changes you and your life, and you don't just "get over it." Further, if it had been a real gun, the mother would have likely had to face charges for leaving a loaded gun in easy reach of a child.

@ulvegaard: "The criminal element will retain theirs." The aunt wasn't armed and didn't have a gun. Your comment has nothing to do with the story here. More guns here would have only made a bad situation worse.