WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A 22-year-old woman is sore but safe less than 24 hours after being grazed by a stray bullet while at the Dixie Classic Fair Monday night.
The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said she was with her boyfriend and parents near the rides at the fair around 8:15 p.m. when the bullet fell from the sky.
“I grabbed my chest and I looked down, and I thought somebody had slapped me, I was like, ‘Did somebody just slap me,’ and I look on the ground and I saw the gold bullet fall on the ground,” the victim said. “Then I lowered my shirt and I saw that I was bleeding.”
Winston-Salem police say the victim “produced an intact, expended, small caliber bullet projectile.”
The victim said there were three officers right behind her when she was hit.
“They just said, ‘This thing happens, this happens more than you think,’” the victim told FOX8.
Winston-Salem police say they have responded to 1,471 discharging firearms calls so far in 2018. That’s compared to 1,778 discharging firearms calls in 2017.
“Just be careful. I mean, I understand people have guns. Things happen. Probably not intentional at all, but like I said, if that bullet, you’re shooting up, it’s gotta come down somewhere and one day it might just seriously hurt someone,” the victim said.
Police say they did not find any other projectiles, shell casings or other evidence indicating a gun had been fired in the area. They add that there were no other reports of anyone else being hit and determined the round was “discharged an appreciable distance away from the Dixie Classic Fair.”
Investigators do not believe the victim, or anyone else at the fair, were intentionally targeted.