A couple in Northern California waited several hours before reporting to the police that their 10-year old daughter had been shot on Friday.
Why? They believed she had simply suffered her very first period.
According the official police report, the girl was sleeping in her bed around 2 a.m. when a stray drive-by bullet struck her in the buttocks.
The girl awoke in pain and had blood in her underwear.
However, Sgt. Mark Ormsby says the victim's parents "had no reason to believe" the blood on her person was anything but period-related.
However, after the girl continued to complain, the couple investigated her bedroom and found bullet holes, eventually taking her to the hospital.
She remains there, in stable condition.
While quite an unusual situation, the girl's physician acknowledges the bullet wound was small and could easily have been mistaken for menstruation.
At this time, no arrests have been made in the shooting.