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Woman’s lawsuit: I went to practice my aim at range, got shot instead

BY JOSÉ PATIÑO GIRONA
Tribune staff

Published:   |   Updated: July 28, 2014 at 10:27 PM

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— Last year, Silvia Fabelo and her husband went to a Tampa shooting range hoping to practice her aim.

Instead, she was hit by a stray bullet at Shoot Straight Tampa, 3909 N. U.S. 301, after someone else fired during target practice. The bullet ricocheted and struck her thigh, according to a lawsuit filed recently in Hillsborough County Circuit Court.

Fabelo was shot before she got a chance to do any target practice, said her lawyer, Richard Tanner.

“You don’t go to a shooting gallery expecting to be shot, that’s for sure,” Tanner said.

In her lawsuit, Fabelo says Shoot Straight Tampa was negligent and that the injury is unattractive and has caused her discomfort.

Fabelo was shot in the upper thigh. The bullet glanced off her leg, leaving a scar, Tanner said.

She went to the emergency room where they told her “she had been hit in the leg by a large caliber bullet,” according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also contends that she will face multiple surgeries, and doctors can’t guarantee that the “discoloration and scarring of the wound” will go away.

After she was hit, employees told her that it wasn’t the first time that someone had been shot by a stray bullet at Shoot Straight Tampa, Tanner said.

“This wasn’t the first time this ricochet accident had occurred,” he said.

“If it happened once, it was too many times. People don’t expect to go to a shooting gallery and get hit by a ricochet bullet.”

Shoot Straight’s corporate office in Apopka didn’t return a phone call seeking comment on the case.

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