Bullet Fell From Dome’s Roof, Struck Fan During Rays Game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — A fan at a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game was hit by a falling bullet.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, 54-year-old Charles Sweatt felt something hit his leg while he was sitting in the domed Tropicana Field on June 16 for the game against the Miami Marlins. He first thought it was a foul ball but a fan sitting near the Parker police chief found a bullet.

“No one really knows where that bullet came from,” Bill Proffitt, St. Petersburg police spokesman, said to the paper. “It was a falling bullet. That’s what it looks like.”

The bullet only left a bruise on Sweatt’s leg and did not pierce his skin.

Authorities tell the Times that the bullet fell from the sky and that it could have been shot from miles away when it went through the dome’s roof. Fans are prohibited from entering Tropicana Field with guns.

CBS Tampa has reached out to Sweatt and the St. Petersburg Police Department for comment.


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