Man Sued For Hitting Woman With Stray Bullets While Target Practicing

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An Oregon woman has had it with her neighbor for target practicing near a road then shooting her in the back and buttocks with two stray bullets.

So the Benton County woman  filed a $2.5 million lawsuit on Thursday. Even worse, in Gale Fogelstrom’s lawsuit she claims that Jeffrey Jay Fields, 47, realized he shot her but didn’t even bother to help her, according to Oregon Live.

The 60-year-old woman was walking to her mailbox to get her newspaper when she was shot at about 3:30 p.m. on April 6, 2014, according to the lawsuit.

“She fell to the ground, screaming for help,” the lawsuit states. “After Gale screamed, Jeffrey Fields immediately stopped shooting, but he chose to not come to her aid and left her laying in the street.”

Fields told investigators at the time that he didn’t realize he had struck anyone.

Sure, there’s just a 60-year-old woman on the ground screaming.

Oregon Live reports:

As part of a plea deal, a felony charge of third-degree assault was dismissed, and Fields pleaded guilty to the misdemeanors of fourth-degree assault and recklessly endangering another person.

A Benton County Circuit judge sentenced Fields to three years of probation, and barred him from firing a gun anywhere in the county until May 2018. The judge also sentenced Fields to 80 hours of community service.

Oh great, so he can go outside the county to target practice on some woman’s buttocks.

The lawsuit faults Fields for failing to use an “adequate backstop” to stop stray bullets, for shooting in the direction of a public road, for “choosing to not use ordinary care when shooting guns” and for failing to help Fogelstrom.

After she was shot, Fogelstrom did manage to hobble toward home before a driver saw her and got her medical attention, according to the sheriff’s office.

The bullets entered the woman’s lower left back and left buttocks and as a result, she suffered from a collapsed lung with a bullet hole in her stomach, a lacerated spleen and lesions to her liver, among other injuries, according to the suit.

That’s not all. According to the suit, the woman has a bullet permanently lodged in her perineum, and she’s at future risk of lead poisoning, deadly infection and organ complications.

The victim is seeking about $2.3 million for pain and suffering and as much as $250,000 for future medical care that, according to the suit, she has been told that amount will be needed.

At the time, Field and Lena Potter, 37, were shooting downhill. The victim heard about 40 rounds of ammo being fired. We’re not sure how he didn’t realize that he shot her twice. We’re not sure how he didn’t hear her screaming and it’s not clear why he was shooting downhill without any safety precautions whatsoever. But apparently, he’s still allowed to own a firearm.

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