Hancock man hit by stray bullet
By Dwayne Bremer
Jun 25, 2013, 18:24
A Kiln man who was sleeping on his couch Sunday afternoon received a rude and frightening wake-up call when he was struck by a stray bullet that was fired from a mile away, authorities said Monday.
Hancock County Sheriff's Chief investigator Glenn Grannan said Monday that Timothy Manuel was sleeping on his couch at his Standard-Dedeaux Road home Sunday, when several people down the road began "horse playing" with their firearms.
"Some people down the road were shooting their guns into a pond and in the air," Grannan said. "One of the bullets must have went straight through to Mr. Manuel's home."
Grannan said the bullet went through the side of Manuel's trailer and struck him in the chest a few inches below his left pectoral muscle.
Manuel, who is a volunteer firefighter, was taken to Garden Park Hospital.
"It's hard to tell who fired the shot because there were several people," Grannan said. "This was a very scary scenario. It just goes to show, that although people may think they are just having fun, it can be very dangerous. Mr. Manuel is lucky to be alive."
Grannan said the shooting was not intentional.
He said charges are possible, but none have been filed yet.
There was no official update on Manuel's condition by press time On Tuesday, however, friends said on social media that he is recovering from his wound.