Baseball Fan Struck By Stray Bullet During MLB Game
OutdoorHub Reporters 05.15.17
A few weeks ago, the unimaginable happened at an MLB baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Police say a 34-year-old woman was sitting in her seat inside the ballpark when she began feeling a nagging pain in her arm. When she removed her jacket, she noticed an abrasion on her elbow. She went to a first aid station where workers deemed the injury a bullet wound, and contacted an off-duty police officer who was working security at the time.
Police sources confirmed after the extremely unlikely occurrence, there had been a “shots fired” call somewhere outside the stadium moments before the victim was struck, and that the bullet may have come from outside the stadium.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a fan sitting in close proximity to the victim was able to relay this information about what went down at the ballpark that day:
Todd Porter, 54, of O’Fallon, Ill., was at the game with his 13-year-old son, Christopher, and was seated directly in front of the victim. She suddenly said, “Wow, I think I’ve been shot,” just as the eighth inning was coming to a close, Porter said.
“We thought she was joking, but everybody turned around and she showed me the blood coming down from her elbow,” Porter said. “It looked real purple and red and it looked like there was a hole in her jacket.”
The man who was sitting with the victim then said, “We need security, she’s been shot,” Porter recalled.
To make things even crazier, the bullet was actually found right under the victim’s seat, and police once again said the bullet “appears to have come from outside the stadium.”
The Cardinals confirmed the incident in a statement saying, “There is nothing more important than the safety of our fans, and the Cardinals are grateful that no one was seriously injured.”