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March 15, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Victim of Bremerton school shooting out of intensive care

Eight-year-old Amina Kocer-Bowman will leave the intensive-care unit at Harborview Medical Center this afternoon, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Amina’s condition will be upgraded from serious to satisfactory, said Susan Gregg.

The girl has been in the hospital since she was wounded in an accidental shooting Feb. 22 in her classroom at Armin Jahr Elementary School in Bremerton. She was critically injured by a single bullet from a gun that a third-grade classmate carried to school in his backpack.

So far, Amina has undergone five surgeries, losing her gallbladder, part of her small intestine and a major vein. Her elbow, shattered by a .45-caliber bullet, has been patched together with a large metal plate. The bullet remains lodged near her spine but isn’t affecting her ability to move.

The 9-year-old boy responsible for her injuries has pleaded guilty to three criminal charges and was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to undergo counseling in a plea deal with Kitsap County prosecutors.

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