COLUMBUS, Ohio – The father of a 17-year-old girl who was shot in the head while ghost hunting with friends said Friday that the group had been out for harmless fun.
"It doesn't make any sense. These were five good kids and this was something they've done in the past," Greg Barezinsky said.
Rachel Barezinsky was injured Tuesday night when a man who lives in a house considered spooky by local teenagers shot at the carload of five girls, police said.
Barezinsky, a high school senior whose classmates started classes Friday, remained in critical condition, the family said. She remained on a breathing machine and neck brace but was able to give a "thumbs up" sign, they said.
"It's going to be a long haul," Greg Barezinsky said. "It's going to take time."
The girls and other high school students have gone out to cemeteries to hunt for ghosts before, Greg Barezinsky said at Ohio State University Medical Center.
Family members said they did not want to discuss the felonious assault charges against Allen S. Davis, 40, who lives in the house with his mother.
Three of the girls had gotten out of the car and taken a few steps onto the man's property — across the street from a cemetery — but then jumped back in and circled the block. Barezinsky was struck while sitting in the car as it passed the house again.
Davis has told reporters he fired from his bedroom window to scare away trespassers and didn't mean to hurt the girls. He told officers he was aiming for the car's tires. He called the girls juvenile delinquents and said they shouldn't have been on his property.