EXCLUSIVE: Family Of Young Woman Injured By Stray Bullet Speaks Out

EXCLUSIVE: Family Of Young Woman Injured By Stray Bullet Speaks Out

Odessa, TX (Local Big 2 News) - A stray bullet landed right here after striking a young woman as she sat in her room Sunday night.
Odessa, TX (Local Big 2 News) - A stray bullet landed right here after striking a young woman as she sat in her room Sunday night.

"She just felt like something hit her on the side of the head," said Christabel Rios.

Rios thought a bug had bitten her stepdaughter.

But quickly realized a stray bullet was to blame

It's something she never expected.

"At night, you know, every now and then we do hear like, loud bangs and stuff, but we think it's fireworks," Rios said.

Ector County Sheriff officials say this marks the second time a stay bullet recently struck someone.

"They're not an intentional act as far as trying to shoot these people, it's an intentional act that they shot the firearm in the air," said Ector County Sheriff Donaldson.

Sheriff Donaldson says the first recent incident happened about a month ago.

A stray bullet hit a 15-year-old boy working outside on a car with his father.

"Apparently somebody fired a weapon up in the air. Of course the bullet's gonna go somewhere and gonna come down," Sheriff Donaldson said.

"Those people were probably just fooling around or they probably don't even know where it hit," Rios said.

Rios says the stray bullet that hit her home came through the back of the house through one of her daughter's room.

"One of my twins, she was actually watching TV there," Rios said.

Then the bullet went through through another wall and door before hitting her step-daughter near the ear.

"There's really nothing you can do because you feel like you're safe in your home you know, apparently you're not," Rios said.

Sheriff officials tell Local Big 2, firing a gun in the air is not only irresponsible, it could be considered criminal too.

Officials say it could lead to a reckless conduct charge, and more severe charges could come if anyone is hurt.

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