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.


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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