Man accidentally shot in face

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By Chris Sardelli

Christopher Sardelli
A Charlotte man is recovering from his injuries after a ricocheting bullet struck him in the face at a Lancaster home on Thanksgiving Day.
A sheriff’s deputy spoke with a nurse about the shooting shortly after it happened Nov. 22. The nurse, who works at Carolina’s Medical Center in Waxhaw, N.C., said a 50-year-old Charlotte man came in with a gunshot wound to his face, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The deputy learned the man was at a family member’s Aero Lane home about 2:30 p.m. when the shooting happened.
“(He was) target shooting when a round ricocheted off a target and struck him in the cheek area,” said Deputy Kendra Howell in the report.
The bullet was lodged in the man’s face and needed to be removed, though the nurse said the man could be discharged after the procedure.
The deputy later went to the accident scene and spoke with several members of the man’s family who confirmed they had been outside target shooting.
One family member said the victim had been shooting a rifle at a swinging steel target when one of the rounds or a fragment ricocheted back and hit him.
Family members then applied pressure to the man’s wound and drove him to the hospital, the report said.
After a quick investigation, Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw said Thursday the shooting was an accident.
“We’re basically done with this case now,” Shaw said. “I think this is a case of ‘lesson learned.’ He was shooting at a steel target. Sometimes targets can develop imperfections and bullets ricochet, which can cause this.”
Despite the wound, Shaw said the man was not seriously injured during the shooting.
“He was pretty much OK later that day and it was not a major deal,” he said.

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