Man hit in face with pellet

May 26, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro man was taken to Hershey Medical Center on Thursday after he was shot in the face with a pellet as he drove on Pa. 16 through the town's square late Wednesday.

The 55-year-old, who was not identified by Waynesboro police, was conscious while he was airlifted from Waynesboro Hospital to Hershey Medical Center, Police Chief Ray Shultz said. The man's injuries are not life-threatening, Shultz said.

The man was driving west on Pa. 16 with his vehicle's window down. He reported feeling something hit the left side of his face around 11:10 p.m., police said.

"It struck him right below the jaw bone," Shultz said. The projectile from a pellet gun lodged itself in the man's neck, he said.


"Right now, we're going on the assumption it was somebody shooting at vehicles," Shultz said. He said police believe the man was victimized at random.

The man turned his vehicle around and drove to Waynesboro Hospital's emergency room when he discovered he was bleeding.

Police think the pellet gun was fired from the square, or within the first half of the block west of it, on the south side of the street. Center Square is the intersection of Pa. 997 and Pa. 16.

Police ask anyone who was in the area between 10:30 and 11:15 p.m. Wednesday or has related information to call them at 717-762-2132 during business hours Monday to Friday. The dispatch number (717-762-2131) is available after hours, police said.

Shultz said the front windows of 37 W. Main St., a display area for the Furniture Market, were shot twice with a pellet gun in late April. A second business also is believed to have been shot recently, Shultz said.

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