A 73-year-old woman who was cleaning up her kitchen in Iowa last week can attest that horrible things happen when bullets go astray.
Janet Wright was at home in Ottumwa about 7 p.m. on Friday night, cleaning her stovetop, when a bullet went flying into her home, according to officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
She heard a loud noise and felt pain in the back of her head, then blood, said a statement from the department reported by the Des Moines Register.
She was shot.
DNR conservation officers who investigated discovered that Wright was the victim of a bizarre, alcohol-fueled hunting accident, according to KCWI 23 in Des Moines.
KCWI reported that investigators found that Lee Joseph Ryals, who is 34, was staying at a camper nearby when he fired at a deer from the front deck using a 30-30 rifle.
“Conservation officers also discovered that the round that struck Wright traveled 123.5 yards before it entered her home through a living room window, traveling the length of the house before striking her in the back of the head,” the TV station reported.
Ryals faces a slew of charges from the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office - some felonies - including reckless use of a firearm, KTVO reported. DNR officials also hit him with several charges, including shooting at a deer after legal hunting hours, the TV station said.
The Register reports that Wright is out of the hospital.