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Stray bullet hits 8-year-old boy
This sign on C.R. 101 west of Floresville is one of two riddled with bullet holes resulting from passersby firing weapons in the area. Deputies from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office have responded to two such incidents this month, one in which an 8-year-old boy was struck by a stray bullet.
Wilson County NewsSeptember 12, 2012 3,427 views 1 comment
FLORESVILLE -- (revised) Deputies from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office believe that someone taking shots at a road sign on C.R. 101 west of here Sept. 9 is responsible for firing the bullet that struck an 8-year-old boy.
Sheriff’s Investigator Ro-land Treviño said that at approximately 1:31 p.m., deputies were called to a home on C.R. 101 after 8-year-old Wyatt Hoover was shot in his right calf. This was as the boy had gone to his family’s garage to take ice cream from a freezer.
Deputies recovered the bullet, believed to be a 9mm round, which pierced Wyatt’s leg before coming out the other side. He was treated at the scene by the Wilson County Emergency Medical Services before being flown via AirLife helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio.
“He’s very lucky [the bullet] didn’t hit him in another area,” Treviño said.
The investigator said the boy’s father advised that people firing weapons at road signs in the area has been an ongoing problem. He reported hearing a series of 10 shots moments before Wyatt was injured. Deputies recovered several spent 9mm shell casings near a sign that had been shot 16-18 times.
One day before the incident, Deputy Jeff Dugi responded to the same area after someone reported hearing approximately 20 shots fired. Treviño said Dugi took photographs and collected several spent shell casings.
“These folks need to use some common sense,” Treviño said. “If they want to shoot their weapons, they need to go to the gun range.”
Deputies seek the public’s help in finding out who fired the shot that injured Wyatt. Anonymous tips -- which could qualify for a cash reward -- can be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Wilson County via telephone at 830-393-INFO (4636), or online at bit.ly/NDrIut.
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