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Fan attending Cardinals game at Busch Stadium grazed by stray bullet

A fan attending Tuesday night’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium was grazed by a  bullet believed to have been fired a little less than a mile away from the ballpark.

Via a report from Christine Byers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

St. Louis police said the 34-year-old woman was sitting in her seat when she felt pain to her arm, removed her jacket and noticed a small abrasion to her elbow. She went to the first aid station, and workers there contacted an off-duty police officer working a secondary security job there, police said.

Police found a bullet slug “in the immediate area around the victim’s seat,” according to police. They said it appears the bullet came from outside the stadium.

Police sources say a call for shots fired occurred about the same time near the intersection of 14th Street and Chouteau Avenue, less than a mile away from the stadium. The prevailing suspicion is the bullet came from a gun fired into the air.

Both the St. Louis Police Department and the Cardinals have since issued a statement.

“This further amplifies our yearly message of encouraging ‘Fun Without Guns,'” read the police’s statement. “We know ‘what goes up must come down,’ and in this case, an innocent victim was struck. The department constantly stresses the importance of safety and responsible gun ownership.”

“There is nothing more important than the safety of our fans, and the Cardinals are grateful that no one was seriously injured,” the team’s statement read.

To think that a fan sitting in a major league ballpark could be struck with a stray bullet is nothing short of alarming and worrisome.

[Hardball Talk]