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Girl shot in leg by stray bullet

Monday, March 4, 2013 12:43 PM
Last updated 8:28 PM
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A 12-year-old girl was shot Sunday after a neighbor attempted to shoot an opossum in his yard.

According to Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Calvin Chew, the girl was in her home on the 2200 block of Albemarle Drive around 8:30 p.m. when a bullet went through the exterior wall and struck her in the leg.

The girl was treated for the wound.

Keith Rasheim Patterson, 34, was charged with reckless conduct.

Patterson told police he was was shooting at an opossum in the chicken coop in his backyard. Police were able to verify Patterson’s story, Chew said.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/04/13 - 03:30 pm
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Chicken Coop

I wonder if the neighbors complain about the rooster.

It might lead to a little more understanding of the seriosness of the crime if the reporter included what kind of gun was used and what kind of cartridge. That area does not appear to be rural.

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grinder48 03/04/13 - 06:08 pm
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Brilliant!
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I agree with LL, the area does not look rural on either Google Earth and Google maps. What kind of idiot shoots at a possum in a residental area?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/05/13 - 09:16 am
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Not rural, but not CBD, definitely gun friendly
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Wonder if he was trying to shoot the possum in the leg? Possum and fried sweet potatoes. Yum Yum Maybe some collards on the side.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/05/13 - 09:19 am
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An egg sucking dog would be a different issue
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altogether. Shooting at a dog would have gotten Patterson some jail time. Dog shooting ranks above possum shooting and human shooting.

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itsanotherday1 03/05/13 - 07:18 pm
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WOW! Unless there was major

WOW! Unless there was major ricochet; this is about as dumb as one can get handling a gun.

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