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Runner Targeted By BB-Gun Sniper

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 10, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 10, 2013 at 10:08 AM UTC

She got hit in the eye on her way home from work.

The absurdity that runners have to go through sometimes has reached newfound depths. This time, the Courier-News out of Chicago is reporting about a 37-year-old Elglin, Ill. runner who, last week, suffered a BB to the face.

The victim indicated that she likes to run home after work on Elgin’s northeast side. She was struck by the sniper at approximately 6:10 p.m. last Tuesday evening.

She said she heard a pop and then felt a sting close to her eye.

After noticing that she was bleeding from the strange injury, she had a friend take her to the Elgin police station.

Paramedics then transported her to the hospital. Surgeons there then found a pellet.

“It happened so fast,” the runner recalled. “I heard the pop and thought, ‘Oh my God, I am hit!’ ”

Thankfully, the victim can still see out of that eye.

Police have said that no evidence was collected at the scene of the attack.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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