Noah Inman, a thirteen year old boy passed away this weekend, almost one week after he was struck in the head by a bullet that fell out of the sky, according to the police. The incident occurred in Hammond, Indiana.
At around 9:30 p.m. on July 1, 2017, the boy was out, playing basketball with a few other children when he fell, suddenly. The people around him thought he was having a seizure and called an ambulance immediately. The doctors at the hospital discovered that the boy was struck by a falling bullet.
“The Hammond Police Department would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the Inman family. We wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. When reason fails, pray for peace. We will be praying with you,” said ,” Hammond Police Chief – John Doughty.
The gunfire was believed to be part of the pre-July 4th celebrations that weekend.
“Unfortunately, this is a common action by many people who own guns in our city and they need to know this action has consequences and will be dealt with severely by the Hammond Police Department. If you own a firearm, it is not to be used as part of a celebration,” said the department in a statement.
Around $20,000 were raised as on Sunday afternoon through a GoFundMe page to help the boy’s family with medical and burial expenses.
The injury suffered by Noah Inman is, unfortunately, not uncommon. A legislator in Texas was hospitalized after being wounded by a falling bullet just after midnight on January 1st. The doctors had to perform a risky procedure on Armando Martinez to extract the bullet since it had fractured his skull.