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    Stray 50-Caliber Bullet May Have Traveled 5 Miles Before Hitting Woman at Texas Motor Speedway, Breaking Her Arm in Three Places

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    Benbrook man says his bullet may have hit woman at Texas Motor Speedway


    12:00 AM CST on Wednesday, November 5, 2008


    Dan X. McGraw



    Fort Worth police are investigating reports from a 49-year-old Benbrook man who says he may be responsible for the stray bullet that hit an Arlington woman Sunday morning at Texas Motor Speedway.

    Kennith Jaramillo contacted Fort Worth police on Monday after hearing that Jill King Moss, 62, was hit in her arm by a .50-caliber bullet that pierced the roof of her RV, authorities said. Ms. Moss was taken to Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital and is expected to recover from her injuries.

    Given the bullet's trajectory, Fort Worth police investigators believe the bullet came from far away. [latest estimates: 5 miles away]

    Mr. Jaramillo told police he was target shooting five miles from Texas Motor Speedway between 10 and 11 a.m., said Lt. Paul Henderson, a Fort Worth police spokesman. Mr. Jaramillo fired five or six rounds at a berm, a mound of dirt, with his .50-caliber Vulcan single-shot rifle.

    Fort Worth police took his weapon for ballistics tests. If tests confirm the bullet was fired from his weapon, Mr. Jaramillo could be charged with deadly conduct for recklessly firing a weapon, Lt. Henderson said.

    Mr. Jaramillo has not been arrested or charged in the incident.

    [It sounds to me like they're almost ready to rule this accidental, but they haven't fully released the circumstances. The shooter is a competitive long-range target shooter who knows exactly what his rifle can do, so all I can figure is that he may have had an accidental discharge or something ]

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    Why was she at TMS Chuck?? Something going on there this weekend?
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    I know the USA is a big country but does anyone really need a rifle that can fire over 5 miles. You must have some long shooting ranges if 5.56, 7.62 or .303 is not powerful enough to hit the targets at the end
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    It's not really the power that attracts them, Dave, it's the long-distance accuracy (although the power in terms of velocity and bullet weight accounts for the accuracy). Typically a 50 cal Barrett or Vulcan is much more accurate at long ranges than the smaller calibers which drop considerably, so long range shooters like the 50-cals. There are shooting matches specially for the 50-cals, and they shoot targets out beyond 1000 yards.

    I can't even see the targets that far off! Of course, they have good scopes and spotters. Even slight breezes come into play at that distance, which makes it a challenge that some people love - For me, it's too much like work

    Yeah, Jmur, they were having some big races out at TMS this weekend, so a lot of people were camped out in their RV's. I don't keep up with what goes on out there, but when I came through the area Saturday, it was lined with off-duty cops directing traffic from every agency around here including ours. I'm just glad I made it through before the floodgates opened up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Standard Dave View Post
    I know the USA is a big country but does anyone really need a rifle that can fire over 5 miles. You must have some long shooting ranges if 5.56, 7.62 or .303 is not powerful enough to hit the targets at the end
    The United States is a country where we do not allocate our rights based upon a definition of "need."

    However, in the interest of honestly answering your question, we do indeed have 3000 yard shooting ranges - it has become quite a popular sport. You'd get quite a kick out of it if you have any interest in external ballistics - these guys have it down to a science.
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    I have to give some credit to the guy for owning up to it. It's likely he'd never have gotten caught considering the distance, and how many people in TX own large rifles.

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    Agreed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyme View Post
    I have to give some credit to the guy for owning up to it. It's likely he'd never have gotten caught considering the distance, and how many people in TX own large rifles.

    +1

    Charlie is the charge of "deadly conduct for recklessly firing a weapon" a charge that would require the victim to press the charges ie signing a warrant in TX? Pay for my medical costs and take me shooting twice a year or so and I'd call us square.

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    The husband of the victim was on TV this morning attesting to the guy's character - he even went to the hospital yesterday and personally appoligized to the lady and her husband, and reportedly was pretty torn up over it.

    Yeah, I believe a Deadly Conduct charge is possible whether there is any victim or not, but it has to be reckless - However, if he pointed it in the direction of people, vehicles or buildings, then recklessness is automatically assumed. Given the range of that thing, pointing it anywhere but down at the dirt around here would be pointing it at people.

    I suppose there's a few situations where it wouldn't be reckless, such as having it discharge due to a mechanical defect in the gun, his chair collapsed or he tripped and fell on a rock or something.

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