Dinner Interrupted By Bullet To The Foot In Marianna

By: Jackson County Sheriff's Department; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Jackson County Sheriff's Department; Lanetra Bennett Email

By: Lanetra Bennett
September 26, 2013

Jackson County, FL - Dinner turns to chaos for one Jackson County family, as a stray bullet pierces through a wall and goes flying through the home.

An 18-year-old gets shot. The bullet is still lodged in his right foot.

Marianna resident Kelly Harlow says, "At first it was like an instant boom. Then I got up and ran out the back door and my foot just started throbbing. It was an amount of pain I couldn't believe."

After getting shot in the foot, Harlow, started searching his surroundings for a bullet.

The emergency room doctor found it.

He points to his wrapped foot and says, "The bullet is right here. The cut, it started right here and it came all the way around right here and stopped. And that's where it's at, and that's where it still is."

Harlow had on steel toe boots at the time.

He was at his girlfriend's mother's house on Bevis Road just south of Malone, around 6:30 Wednesday night when a stray bullet came through the mobile home's wall.

The girlfriend's mother, Paula Harrison, says, "See there, on the wall. It come through this glass right here. You can see where it hit the wall. See down there."

After going through the glass case and another wall, the bullet came across the dining room where Harlow had just sat down for dinner.

Harrison says, "I normally sit there. That's normally my spot. At least he had shoes and stuff on, because I'm usually barefoot in shorts. It's just very emotional."

The family says the bullet first came through the car port, then came out of the other side and busted through black plastic, and then went through the mobile home.

Harrison, Harlow, Harlow's pregnant 18-year-old girlfriend, and a 17-year-old friend were in the home at the time.

Harlow says he believes the stray came from a nearby street where someone was target practicing. He said he was shot with a high-powered rifle.

To those who practice shooting outside in residential areas, Harlow says, "Don't do it. It's stupid. Go to a gun range."

Deputies say they believe the shooting was not intentional, but was criminally negligent nonetheless.

We are unaware of any charges filed at this time.

Harlow went to a doctor in Marianna Friday and he says the doctor told him that he could not help Harlow, and referred him to a specialist. Harlow is scheduled to go to a specialist Friday.

Harlow says he does not know when the bullet can be removed.

Press Release: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office

On 9-25-13 at approximately 6:30 p.m. the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to someone being shot at 4964 Bevis Rd., south of Malone.

During the course of the investigation Deputies learned that the male resident of the house was seated at a dining table eating when a bullet pierced the wall of the single-wide mobile home, traveled through a book case, and struck him on his right foot.

The victim was transported to Jackson Hospital by Jackson County Fire Rescue where he was treated and released. The bullet is still lodged in his foot and will have to be removed by a surgeon at a later time.

Other residents of the neighborhood heard numerous gunshots around the time of the incident, but no one observed the shooter. Law Enforcement officials believe that the shooting was not intentional, but was criminally negligent nonetheless.

K-9 Teams from Jackson Correctional Institution and Apalachee Correctional Institution assisted in attempting to locate a suspect. An investigation into the matter is ongoing.

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