X-ray reveals stray bullet that hit woman’s face during fireworks show

Posted at 9:52 AM, Jul 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-08 09:52:36-04

HIGH RIDGE, Missouri – A woman was shot in the face by a stray bullet while she celebrated Independence Day.

“I just felt this baseball bat type thing hit me in the face,” Jan Brewer said.

Brewer said at first she thought she was hit in the face with a firework, but it wasn’t until she went to a local hospital where X-rays confirmed a bullet was in her cheek.

Stray bullet

“I have nothing against people owning guns. That’s their right,” Brewer said. “It’s the responsibility they should take when they own a gun. That’s my biggest concern. Once you own a gun, you should take responsibility to do the right thing.”

According to Brewer and her husband, no one in the area was using any guns. They think the bullet likely came from far off where it was possibly shot in the air to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Woman shot in face by stray bullet

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they were investigating, but have not found who fired a gun into the air.

“I’m just thankful to be here,” Brewer said. “Because one inch up and it would have taken my eye out. One inch lower it would have hit my throat. But it hit the bone and lodged in the side of my face.”