Stray bullet injures boy, 9, in Fort Bend County

February 24, 2013 1:16:52 PM PST
A nine-year-old boy was in surgery Sunday after a stray bullet struck him in the leg while he was walking down a rural road just outside of Fulshear.

It happened around 4pm Saturday in the 3900 block of Nails Road.

Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Bob Haenel said a nine-year-old Richmond boy was taking a walk with his brother and great-grandfather at his great-grandparents' farm when he suddenly heard a "pop" and felt a sharp pain in his leg. They looked down and realized the sound had been the boy's bone breaking in his leg.

The boy, who family members have identified as Luke Knight, was driven to a local emergency room and then transported to Texas Children's Hospital where he was taken into surgery at 9am Sunday.

His mother, Marisa Ann, tells us the bullet was removed during surgery. It went through Luke's leg and broke his femur in half, somehow missing the artery.

Luke's uncle, Wesley Martin, told Eyewitness News they never even heard the gunshot and have no idea where it came from.

Investigators say they believe this was a freak accident and they're not looking for any suspects.

Neighbors say there are two shooting ranges within about fives miles or so from the street where the boy had been shot. They also say may people there use assault rifles to shoot wild boar.

"From what I heard from the hospital, it was a high-caliber rifle so chances are it could've been from across the river behind us, or from just anywhere," Martin said.

We're told he is in good condition and the risky part passed with the removal of the bullet.

Luke's mother said, "I am so thankful to God my beautiful baby is still here to look at me with those beautiful blue eyes and huge smile. At this time we just want to focus on Luke's recovery and allow the officials to complete their investigation."

Meanwhile, investigators are still trying to figure out where that bullet came from.
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