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Stray bullet from gun club nearly hits 16 YO girl in her bedroom

HOPKINTON- A bullet fired from a semi-automatic military rifle at a gun club traveled roughly three-quarters of a mile before shattering the bedroom window of a home in Hopkinton, narrowly missing a 16-year-old girl.

At the time of the incident, the Meldon family believed a stray golf ball from the nearby Hopkinton Country Club was the cause of the broken window.

But the next day, Robin Meldon and her daughter, Perri, found the .30 caliber round in a pile of laundry.

Police traced the steel-core bullet back to the Southborough Rod and Gun Club. They believe it was fired from an SKS rifle, once used by the Soviet army.

"It was almost as if a marksmen had aimed for her head," said Jerry Meldon, when describing the bullet's proximity to his daughter.

Rich Fitzgerald, president of the gun club, told the MetroWest Daily News the bullet bounced off an earthen berm, crossed the golf course and hit the Meldon's home on Saddle Hill Road.

"We're very concerned with what happened. We're striving to make sure it doesn't happen again," Fitzgerald told the newspaper.

Since the April 14th incident, the club banned that particular type of bullet and is working to double the size of the berms behind the firing range targets.

But the Hopkinton Country Club issued a statement Tuesday afternoon saying it's seeking an immediate court injunction to ban shooting at the club.

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Added: May-16-2007 
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