Girl hit by stray bullet while entering Afton church

| March 25, 2012

Authorities believe the bullet that hit the leg of an eight-year-old girl as she was walking into Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Afton Township, Minn., came from a .22 caliber rifle that two 20-year-old men were using for target-shooting.

Heather Cooper of Oakdale, Minn., was hit by the bullet as she was about to enter the church with her family at about 5 p.m. Saturday, March 10.

“I kind of felt something in my leg and it really hurted,” the plucky girl told a WCCO-TV reporter in a segment that aired on the station’s Wednesday night, March 21, newscasts. “Then I pulled up my pants and saw an area where there was a whole bunch of blood.”

The girl’s parents took her to Woodwinds hospital in Woodbury, where X-rays revealed the bullet still in her leg, on the opposite side where it entered. It struck her a few inches above her ankle.

Washington County, Minn., Sheriff Bill Hutton told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Wednesday that he was pretty confident that his department had found the individuals and rifle involved in the shooting.

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