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Stray bullet on Lower Elgin Road

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A bullet whizzed past my wife and grandson just outside our Bastrop County home Sunday, October 13, 2019.

Almost certainly it was fired by a neighbor who had no idea it endangered anybody.

The shooter probably thought it was safe to shoot at a target tacked to a tree and did not realize that a rifle bullet can travel miles unless stopped by an earthen berm.

We have lived on this land for 41 years and until yesterday we never paid much attention to the gunshots we hear on a typical weekend.

I guess I always assumed my neighbors had enough common sense to shoot safely.

How do I protect my family now that I know when I hear gunshots it could be from a careless neighbor a mile away who has no idea the bullets might reach our home?


Don Chapman

Lower Elgin Road, Elgin, Texas