Published: Thu, January 05, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Texas lawmaker hospitalized after stray New Year's Eve bullet strikes head

Texas lawmaker hospitalized after stray New Year's Eve bullet strikes head

"The bullet, it was a 223 long arm bullet, and from what we saw".

"Had it gone any further, I don't think we would be having this conversation", Martinez said.

A stray bullet narrowly missed piercing the brain of a Texas state representative celebrating New Year's Eve.

The bullet came from nearby residents firing celebratory gunshots into the air as a way to ring in the new year. This happened near the 5400 block of Sago Road in north Weslaco.

The lawmaker was then rushed to a local hospital before he was transferred to another hospital in Harlingen, Texas. where doctors removed the bullet from Martinez's skull.

Under Texas law, shooting a gun into the air can lead to a $10,000 penalty and up to 10 years in prison.

Martinez, a Democrat, said he never lost consciousness.

No tags for this post. "It felt like a sledgehammer hit me over the head", he explained.

State Rep. Armando Martinez was in Weslaco, Texas, with family and friends when he was suddenly struck by gunfire just after midnight by a reveler who fired a gun to welcome in 2017, according to a report.

The sheriff's office has since launched a deadly contact investigation into the incident. "But I need to talk to our sheriff's department and maybe our (district attorney) and see exactly what type of ideas they have as well, so that way we can get an idea of how we're going to do it and propose it". You know, I have a (concealed handgun license).

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