BRAY, Okla. -- A bullet that struck a middle school football player while he was practicing has been identified, authorities said.
The Stephens County Sheriff’s Department sent the bullet to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for ballistics testing after it was fired Oct. 23 from the other side of a wooded area surrounding Bray-Doyle High School.
The projectile hit the 13-year-old in the buttocks area and exited. He has since recovered and is back at school in the rural district in southwest Oklahoma.
Deputy Sheriff Josh Seely said that OSBI believes it was an accidental shooting.
“More than likely it was a hunter sighting his rifle or someone target shooting,” Seely said. “It was a .30-06 180 grain bullet. It was on the downhill side of its trajectory.”
OSBI believes it was shot 1 to 2 miles away in a north or northeast direction from the football practice field, Seely said. The type of cartridge is known to be used for hunting.
Investigators also think the bullet was shot from an older weapon because it only had two lines from the barrel on it.
“Possibly a Springfield 1903 or 1903a that was modified,” Seely said weapon. “The bullet was in pristine condition. It had no mushrooming. The barrel of the rifle was probably worn out.”
With the test results in, the department will probably continue to interview people who may have been in the general area of the incident and who may have shot with an older weapon.
Stephens County Sheriff Jimmie Bruner said hunters must remember to exercise caution when using weapons and firearms.
“Even when you are on your own property, you have the right to shoot, but with that comes responsibility,” Bruner said.