South Texas Middle School Students Hit By Suspected Stray Bullets From Nearby Hunting Grounds

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 13-Dec-2011

Two Harwell Middle School students, trying out for the basketball team, were shot by, what police suspect as, stray bullets from nearby hunters Monday night.

One of the boys was listed in critical condition. Officials reported that he had a bullet embedded in an organ. The other boy, who was struck by a bullet, was recently listed in stable condition. They were identified as 13 and 14 years old.

The 13-year-old teen was identified as Nicholas Tijerina. According to officials, Tijerina is currently unable to move his legs. Doctors and nurses are still unsure whether the lack of mobility is a long or short term result of the shooting incident in McAllen, Texas.

The hunters believed to have fired the stray bullets were taken in for questioning by police. It is unknown whether the bullets were fired accidently or if the accident was sparked by their recklessness.

Harwell Middle School, located near Edinburg, Texas, is in a rural, heavily wooded area close to nearby hunting pastures, officials said. The school was recently opened earlier this year. Land located behind the school is being leased to deer hunters, reports said.

Although school was not in session at the time of the campus’ accident, basketball tryouts were underway and students were present at the school.

Accidents that occur at locations believed to be safe and secure, like schools, can be shocking and fear-provoking for parents and students alike. But with a school location settled nearby land inhabited by hunters, community members have begun to wonder if those involved in the location decisions for the school carefully considered the contact us online.

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