Great-uncle of 8-year-old victim speaks out about accident

MORGANTOWN — “If I could trade places with her, I would in a second.”
Michael Nichols, the great-uncle of Chloey Neely, was handling the gun he claims accidentally discharged in her Rolling Hills Village home, striking the 8-year-old girl in the head.
Nichols, 49, was arrested after Friday’s shooting and charged with misdemeanor person prohibited from possessing a firearm. He told police he was unaware a 1997 domestic battery conviction prevented him from owning a gun.
“It was not intentional. It was just a freak accident,” Nichols said. “It doesn’t change anything for Chloey.”

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