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Stray bullet grazes Rays fan at Tropicana Field

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Tropicana Field

Well, this is a new one: a fan attending a Tampa Bay Rays game at Tropicana Field was grazed by a falling bullet that most likely came through the roof of the covered ballpark.

The fan, Charles Sweatt, was watching the Rays game when he felt a sting in his right thigh. He didn't think much of it until the area bruised up and a nearby fan found a bullet.

Shots were fired a mile outside the ballpark, and police speculate that a bullet from that encountered traveled far enough to go through a panel in the Tropicana Field roof and hit Sweatt, though the bullet was considerably slowed down by the time it reached him. Because of the lack of velocity and the fact that the Rays check bags before fans enter the ballpark, St. Petersburg police officials are going with the theory that the bullet came from a mile away.

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