Student hit by a stray bullet while at East Chambers High School football game, wants others to know she’ll be okay

WINNIE, Texas (KTRK) – Chambers County investigators are working to discover who may have fired a firearm that injured a teenage girl while attending a football game Thursday night.

The girl was at Wayne’s Junior East Chambers and Anahoac when she was injured, but no one realized the injury was a gunshot wound at first, according to authorities.

“She was in the stands here at the football field. She hit something. I thought she had just been injured and then she saw a hole in her jeans, and there was an injury to her leg,” Capt. Brian Baker explained with the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office. They didn’t realize it was the result of a gunshot wound.”

Authorities say the girl was taken to the emergency room and then to a hospital in Houston for treatment.

According to the East Chambers ISD principal, the girl returned to school on Friday. She wanted everyone to know she was going to be okay.

Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said: “Although it is believed that this incident was the result of negligent use of a firearm, we will pursue whoever is responsible for this senseless act.”

Lexi Rodriguez, a student at East Chambers High School, said she wasn’t at the game Thursday, but soon learned of the incident on social media.

“I was looking at Snapchat and he said, ‘Yes, please pray for her,’” Rodriguez said. He didn’t name any. So, I was worried, and I was asking them, ‘What happened? What happened?’ And that’s when they said somebody got shot in the match.”

No one reported hearing any shots fired while on or near the stadium. Investigators said the .22 caliber round may have come from south or southeast of the football field.

Authorities used the incident to remind the public of the dangers of being shot in the air, saying that a stray bullet can travel more than a mile.

People who live in Winnie say they were surprised this happened and hope to take extra care.

“It’s kind of scary for someone so reckless to shoot a pistol in the air,” says Winnie’s resident Sarah Janice. “It’s just, you don’t.”

While injuries and deaths from stray bullets are not uncommon in rural southeast Texas, a number of accidents have occurred in the Houston area over the past several years.

In September, a man was from Southeast Houston He was hit by a stray bullet while he was sleeping in his home. Just a week before this incident, a 15-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet while she was sleeping just two miles away.

Neither case was arrested.

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