Bullet fired to celebrate New Year’s grazes S. Chicago Heights boy
BY CASEY TONER firstname.lastname@example.org January 3, 2012 7:46PM
Updated: February 5, 2012 8:17AM
A South Chicago Heights boy escaped serious injury early Sunday when a bullet fired into the air to celebrate the new year only grazed him after it ricocheted, police said.
“One step over, and this bullet would have got him right in the head,” South Chicago Heights police Detective Sgt. Jake Kozinski said. “People don’t realize it, but the bullet has to come down somewhere. In this case, this kid got pretty lucky.”
Police said the 14-year-old boy was struck while he was with his family outside their mobile home about 12:15 a.m. in the 3000 block of Forest Preserve Drive in South Chicago Heights. They were huddled around a fire pit when the bullet hit the mobile home’s aluminum awning, ricocheted off the home’s window frame and hit the boy, police said.
Kozinski said the bullet bounced off the boy’s leg, leaving a red mark.
Police did not know who fired the gun.