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A 10-year-old boy who was shot in the leg by a stray bullet Thursday night while in the field in a Pennsylvania ballpark during a Harry Potter-themed promotional event, officials said.
The boy was in the 100 to 150 guests to take part in the pre-game activities will be in the right field at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown about 6:30 o’clock, when he suddenly fell to the ground in pain.
As he tended to his parents and to others, it was discovered the boy was bleeding from a puncture wound behind his knee. An X-ray at the hospital confirmed the child had been shot, according to police.
“The police officers we spoke to last night felt like a self-confident, with a 99% certainty that someone has shot up in the air, and it was just a terrible accident, and that it landed where it did,” IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes told the Morning Call.
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The officials told WFMZ that there were no reports of gunfire in the stadium or in the surrounding area of the stadium, located in the eastern part of the state.
The boy was hit by a stray bullet while on the field at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa. on a Saturday night.
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Landes told LeighValleyLive.com the field was full of children learning how to play the Harry Potter sport of quidditch ahead of the game, which is a part of a promotional event for the IronPigs’ night, in honor of the fictional wizard.
“The kid actually thought that his brother had hit him in the back of the knee,” Landes told the news outlet. “It was a weird, random thing.”
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IronPigs co-owner Joe Finley, who was at Saturday’s game, he said authorities told him that the bullet must have come from the air, in a two-mile radius of the stadium.
“It was a one-in-a-billion accident,” Finley told the LehighValleyLive. “This is very rare. It is much rarer than the lighting and eye-catching one.”
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The boy was taken to the trauma unit with injuries that are not life-threatening. A family member told WFMZ that he had to be disposed of quickly, and the ball does not have to be away from the boy, the doctor, as removing it may lead to damage of the nerves.
Allentown police said they were still investigating where the bullet came from.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.