Man struck by stray rifle bullet in western Sedgwick County

08/18/2014 9:41 AM

08/18/2014 6:40 PM

A 49-year-old man escaped serious injury when he was hit by a bullet while he was outside his house in rural Sedgwick County, authorities said.

The shooting was reported shortly after 2:15 p.m. Sunday in the 23300 block of West 29th Street North, Sedgwick County sheriff’s Lt. David Mattingly said. That’s about seven miles southeast of Andale.

Deputies went to the 2500 block of North 224th Street West and found five men firing rifles, Mattingly said. The men were between 18 and 20 years of age. They had been target shooting at a tree row approximately 700 yards south of where the victim was struck by the bullet.

“While it is legal to shoot on private property in the unincorporated areas of Sedgwick County, it is the responsibility of the shooter to do so in a safe manner,” Mattingly said in an e-mail response to questions. “People must always be sure of their backstop and not shoot towards a populated area.”

The victim was treated and released at a local hospital, he said. The case remains under investigation, and Mattingly did not rule out the possibility that charges could be filed by the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.

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