6-year-old girl struck in foot by stray bullet in Kearns, suffers only bruises

Aug 21, 2020, 6:16 AM | Updated: 6:20 am

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Police say it is a miracle that a six-year-old Kearns girl suffered only a bruise after a stray bullet went through the side of her bedroom and struck her in the foot. Photo Derek Petersen KSL TV

KEARNS, Utah — Police say a six-year-old Kearns girl is lucky to be alive after a stray bullet hit her in the foot while she slept. 

Lt. Manfred Lassig with the Unified Police Department said officers were dispatched to shots fired shortly after midnight near Campbell and Westslope Drives in Kearns after a neighbor’s heard an argument and reported a number of shots fired. 

“It’s by the grace of God we’re lucky we’re not here investigating the death of a six-year-old,” Lassig told KSL.


Lassig said that while they’re still investigating exactly what happened early Friday, it appears that during the course of argument, someone pulled out a gun and fired a number of rounds.

“During some point during this argument, a shot was fired. [That] shot went in through the east wall of the house, went through the headboard, through a pillow and hit the six-year-old in the foot,” he continued.

Lassig said investigators were able to find the bullet in the little girl’s room. The little girl was checked by medical personnel from Unified Fire and suffered only a bruised foot.


UPD says they have made no arrests yet, but are currently questioning a number of neighbors where they believe the shots originated from.

“[We’ll] figure out who’s responsible for this kind of behavior. We’re looking at multiple felonies, the aggravated assault on a child, felony discharge of a weapon in a neighborhood and other charges that could be stemming from it.”


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6-year-old girl struck in foot by stray bullet in Kearns, suffers only bruises