The family of a 65-year-old Washington state
woman who was grazed in the head by a bullet says they can’t prove it
came from the neighboring shooting range, but a metal detector turned up
more than a pound of bullets in their yard.
Linda Sperling, of Brush Prairie, is still recovering from a
concussion. She considers herself lucky the bullet didn’t do more damage
when she was hit on 26 January while in her yard.
Sperling heard what sounded like an explosion, put her hand to her head and found blood on her gardening glove.
She was rushed to a hospital, where doctors told her a bullet had entered and exited her scalp, The Columbian reported Monday.
“I didn’t even realize I’d been shot,” Sperling said.
“What if it was a quarter-inch deeper?”
Sperling’s husband and son believe she was hit by a stray bullet from
the Clark Rifles outdoor shooting range. The gun club has two rifle
ranges and a handgun range, according to its website. One of those
300-yard rifle ranges points toward the Sperlings’ property.
Clark Rifles’ vice-president, Dave Christie, said there’s no proof the bullet came from the range.
“We know about no rounds that left the range,” he said.