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Seguin boy, 3, shot in face with pellet gun

Police: Public's help needed to track down origin

SEGUIN, Texas – A 3-year-old boy is back home after being wounded by a pellet gun Saturday while playing in his front yard.

Sgt. James Springer with the Seguin Police Department said an X-ray at the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center revealed a pellet lodged below his eye under his cheekbone.

"It's odd but we want to figure out what's going on. Who caused this?" he said.

Springer said police need the public's help in tracking down whoever is responsible.

He said they could face possible charges such as injury to a child or deadly conduct. Springer also said firing a pellet gun or BB gun is illegal within the city limits.

The child's parents declined to be interviewed, but Springer said the boy's father was nearby when he noticed his son's face was bleeding.

He said the child was taken to the hospital where police were summoned to the emergency room.

Springer said the father described seeing a vehicle drive by their home in the 900 block of Anderson Street, but nothing seemed unusual about it.

The sergeant also said the boy's dad didn't hear anything, but pellet guns have a popping sound that's not audible from a distance.

Springer said it's also possible the pellet gun was fired elsewhere.

"Just going out in the backyard and shooting up in the air is not a smart thing to do," Springer said. "What goes up, must come down."

Springer said a BB and pellet guns are air rifles, "But they should be treated like any gun."

Seguin police urge anyone with information about last Saturday's incident to call 830-379-2123 or Guadalupe County Crime Stoppers at 830-303-8447.