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Police Say Target Shooter May Have Fired Bullet That Hit NASCAR Fan

November 5th, 2008 . by TexasFred

Police Say Target Shooter May Have Fired Bullet That Hit NASCAR Fan

FORT WORTH, Texas — A stray bullet that injured a NASCAR fan in her motor home at Texas Motor Speedway may have been from a rifle of a target shooter, police said on Tuesday.

A 49-year-old man contacted police after being told of news reports that a woman was hit in the arm on Sunday morning by a bullet piercing through the roof of her recreational vehicle camped at the speedway for the Dickies 500, according to Fort Worth police.

The man told detectives on Tuesday that he fired five or six rounds from a .50 caliber Vulcan single-shot rifle near a rifle range about five miles from the speedway from about 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., police said.

Detectives confiscated the Vulcan rifle and will conduct ballistics tests. If it matches the recovered bullet, the man could face a charge of deadly conduct for recklessly firing a weapon in the direction of others, police said.

The 62-year-old woman’s condition was unavailable on Tuesday.

Target Shooter May Have Hit NASCAR Fan, Cops Say

OK, this is just begging to be said and if it pisses anyone off, that’s GOOD, I don’t care, I am past the point of caring WHO I piss off when the truth is posted on this blog.

To ALL of you anti-gun, 2nd amendment hating asshats and moonbats, THIS is how a responsible, and LEGAL gun owner handles his business. He is NOT hiding, he didn’t dump the rifle, he came forward, like a responsible gun owner will do!

Do responsible gun owners, legal gun owners make mistakes? You’re damned right they do. Do accidents happen to responsible gun owners? Sure, just like they happen to anyone else in life. This story is an inspiration to me as a LEGAL and RESPONSIBLE gun owner, and it exposes the hypocrisy of the anti-gun cabal.

This gentleman came forward, on his own, simply because he feels that he *may* have been the cause of this terrible accident. He didn’t come forth as an arrested and/or charged individual, he came forth as a responsible gun owner that is able to readily admit that he may have made a mistake that brought harm to another person.

That is a level of honesty and courage that we don’t see exhibited in this day and time, my Stetson is tipped to the guy, KUDOS Sir, you are to be commended even if you were the cause!

Also, I would be remiss in MY duty as a responsible gun owner if I didn’t say this, IF he fired a round that resulted in a ricochet, then he is partially responsible because he didn’t ascertain his back stop and the consequences thereof. IF he fired a round into the air, then this guy needs to suffer whatever penalties the law allows. It is STUPID to fire a round into the air.

And as Ron White says, “You can’t fix stupid”…

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16 Responses to “Police Say Target Shooter May Have Fired Bullet That Hit NASCAR Fan”

  1. comment number 1 by: Patrick Sperry

    First off, this man is to be commended for coming forward. Nobody had to chase him down. That’s personal responsibility as well as accountability.
    The ballistic testing will tell the tale.

    Then there is the distance reported. Five miles by road is not the same as five miles as the carrion bird flies. The Vulcan shoots the 50 Cal. BMG and it has no special modifications such as an extra long barrel that could possibly add range to the projectile. I find it very unlikely that the bullet could travel that far, much less have retained enough energy to penetrate a motor homes roof, if fired from the ground.
    Info on the weapon can be found here:


  2. comment number 2 by: Pat Houseworth

    The guy was right…but seeing what might happen to him. I doubt if I would come forward. This is pure BS on the part of authorities.

  3. comment number 3 by: ChicagoRay

    Pressure from outside forces would string up the department without some kind of bs charge. The responsible actions of the gun owner will be lost in the translation to all liberals regardless, so I agree Pat, this makes others think twice about doin the right thing.

  4. comment number 4 by: TexasFred

    The actions of the police might make some think about not doing the right thing but ya know, if I can look myself in the eye, I have met MY civic responsibility…

    I told my kids, many years ago, no matter how bad you think you did when you made the screw ups that ALL kids make, if you LIE it’s only going to make it worse, I LIVE by those words even now!!

  5. comment number 5 by: Gawfer

    In a real world,
    An investigation would ensue, and if the gentleman who came forward was found to be responsible, reparations would be paid, and we’d move on.

    But because there are so many idiots who define good and bad as whether or not you get caught, we feel compelled to praise the guy for his honesty.

    In other words, his honesty and integrity is now the exception rather than the norm, and that is a symptom of a sick society.

    Hat tip to him, I’m hoping he’ll be exonerated.

  6. comment number 6 by: Thor

    I live a little north of you, Fred. I, too, am a responsible gun owner. Where I live is an area that I can shoot right off of my deck. Lately, we’ve had a rash of raccoons raiding our outdoor pet’s food. I would like to shoot them and eliminate the problem, however, there’s just enough rock that my bullet could stray. So, I’m attempting to find some alternative.

    It is a little BS that this man is actually being charged. I truly hope that it wasn’t his rifle. Five miles away seems a little long, even for a .50 cal rifle. I, too, would commend him for doing the right thing.

  7. comment number 7 by: Thor

    By the way, welcome to the Conservative Cave…. :-D

  8. comment number 8 by: TexasFred

    Thor, and WELCOME to you too…

  9. comment number 9 by: BobF

    Patrick, I believe you’re right and the chances for that round to travel 5 miles is highly unlikely. The man who fired the round and contacted police sounds like a honorable person. If I were him, I wouldn’t want to live with the thought that I may have wounded an innocent person.

  10. comment number 10 by: Robert

    Ok Let me interject some reason to this damn discussion, OBVIOUSLY you guys are some gun toting, can shootin rednecks, no one is asking the real questions:
    1. Was the woman related to the shooter?
    2. Is there a steamy sex tape on the internet of them going at it?
    3. IS there a jilted lover in the mix?
    4. The man that fired the 50 cal. is he maybe WHITE and the victim was the only BLACK woman the event?

    Damn I’ve lived in California way too long…

    Kudos to the guy for coming forward, the good thing is no one got hurt, and I am sure if it was a NASCAR fan, sitting in her MOTOR HOME, she is more than likely one of those folks that will shake the mans hand and accept the apology, either that or she is one that will say .. OK MY TURN!

  11. comment number 11 by: Basti

    Five miles? I don’t think so, but this guy just might have opened a can of whoop-ass on himself.

    To the best of my knowledge a military .50 cal sniper rifle was only able to make 2 miles before gravity won the fight.

    What makes this guy think his .50 cal tripped a round for this long a distance? Five miles is something that’s reserved for some serious artillery like a howitzer.

  12. comment number 12 by: acosenza2

    Not so sure that the bullet would travel five miles especially if he fired it at a target and it hit the backstop, or even deflected off of the backstop. But kudos to him for being responsible.

    Texas Fred-thank you kindly for the comments on my blog. I greatly appreciate them. You have gained a loyal reader in me and I will add your blog to my blog roll. Fell free to visit my blog often, good people like yourself are always welcome there.


  13. comment number 13 by: TexasFred

    Anthony, glad to have you here too, loved your blog and the same goes for you, make yourself at home…

    And I gotta agree, the 5 miles thing is a stretch, but his hearts in the right place… Publicity… :P

  14. comment number 14 by: Bloviating Zeppelin

    My VERY first thought: how do rounds fall through the roof of an RV from a rifle range 5 miles away unless he was, somehow, firing into the air? At professional ranges, particularly those accepting .50 rifle practice at long range, there are customarily sufficient backstops to primarily include large, thick and tall dirt berms or appropriate rubberized range fill.

    His coming forward was the right thing to do and indicates, at least on one level, proper responsibility. But there are still some facts missing.


  15. comment number 15 by: dudleysdiary

    The Dallas Morning News reported that the man who came forward stated he “fired five or six rounds at a berm, a mound of dirt, with his .50-caliber Vulcan single-shot rifle.” It in fact he was shooting into a dirt backstop and the bullet somehow made it through and accidentally caused injury, I would have a hard time convicting this individual.


  16. comment number 16 by: TexasFred

    According to the USMC Scout/Sniper School, the .50 BMG round has an effective and accurate range of 2,000 yards, and a maximum, absolute maximum range of 4.2 miles, and that is being fired from a USMC Scout/Sniper rifle…

    As I said earlier, the guy had to have been a bit closer than he believed himself to be or he had some seriously *HOT* .50 BMG rounds…

    Regardless the case, he did exhibit a great deal of personal responsibility by coming forward…