A man at a country club believed a bug had bitten him, but he was actually hit by a stray bullet.
A North Carolina man who thought he was bitten by an insect while on a country club patio was really injured by a stray bullet, prompting an investigation.
The 57-year-old man was dining outside at the Sedgefield Country Club at at 6:53 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, when he was hit by a bullet, according to the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office.
The man was just injured on the top of his head and refused to go to the hospital for treatment.
According to McClatchy News spokesperson Lori Poag, the bullet “grazed the outermost layer of his scalp,” causing some bleeding.
The bullet’s impact was so small that the man initially mistook it for an insect stinging him. He only learned what had happened when policemen arrived on the scene and saw a bullet on the ground.
“Preliminary investigations by the Sheriff’s Office have concluded that the victim was not targeted and that the gunshot was likely unintentional at this time (perhaps from a bullet shot into the air from a distance), but the investigation continues,” the sheriff’s office stated in a statement.
Officers suspect the bullet came from a gun that might have been shot from up to a mile distant, according to Poag.
She told The McClatchy News, “No one who was out on the terrace eating with him recalls hearing a gunshot.”
After responding to the man, deputies investigated the neighborhood and found no one shooting a gun or hearing any further gunshots.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call 336-641-6691 and speak with the Sheriff’s District 3 Office.
For more information, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office has been contacted.
A 15-year-old girl was badly injured the same day in Kingsburg, California, after being struck by a stray gunshot.
The youngster was wounded by a gunshot just before 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, while playing soccer at Athwal Park. She sustained a perforated lung.
Witnesses reported hearing several shots in the southwest area of Kingsburg. The 15-year-old was able to call her father, who responded a few minutes later and called 911.
The Kingsburg Police Department said it appears multiple random shots were fired. This is a brief summary.