McMinn woman shot in the ear while pulling out of driveway

McMinn woman shot in the ear while pulling out of driveway

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It happened on County Road 139 just before 9 a.m. Monday. It happened on County Road 139 just before 9 a.m. Monday.
"She was in her vehicle, and according to her she heard what sounded like a rock hitting her windshield and at that point she realized she'd been injured. The round came through her window and struck her ear, " explained McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy. "She was in her vehicle, and according to her she heard what sounded like a rock hitting her windshield and at that point she realized she'd been injured. The round came through her window and struck her ear, " explained McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy.
"I'm still looking around. I'm scanning through the woods looking around," said neighbor Tommy Buckner. "I'm still looking around. I'm scanning through the woods looking around," said neighbor Tommy Buckner.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

ATHENS (WATE) – McMinn County investigators are trying to figure out how a woman was shot while driving her car Monday morning.

It happened on County Road 139 just before 9 a.m. That's when a bullet flew through the glass, grazing her ear.

Sandra Hicks told them it was a stray bullet. Detectives believe there could be more to the story.

And that's what they're trying to figure out.

"I'm still looking around. I'm scanning through the woods looking around," said neighbor Tommy Buckner about the scare it gave him.

Buckner says it's not entirely uncommon for him to hear shots around there.

"People hunt in this area, they target practice in this area," he said.

"She was in her vehicle, and according to her she heard what sounded like a rock hitting her windshield and at that point she realized she'd been injured. The round came through her window and struck her ear, " explained McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy.

The sheriff isn't totally convinced by the stray bullet story. Hicks lives with some family members who they've been interviewing to get to the bottom of what may have happened.

"We think there might be some other story that hasn't been told yet," Sheriff Guy said.

Buckner believes his neighbor's story.

"They are super nice people. Never had any trouble. My daughter plays with her granddaughter," Buckner said.

Hicks was not seriously injured and released from the hospital the same day she was admitted.

In fact, neighbors told 6News she was at home when we stopped by.

But the curtains were drawn, and when we knocked, nobody answered the door.

 

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