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Bullet Fired at Klan Rite Hits Participant in Head

November 25, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A bullet fired in the air during a Ku Klux Klan initiation ceremony in Johnson City came down and struck a participant in the head, critically injuring him, authorities said.

Gregory Allen Freeman, 45, was charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment in the weekend incident that wounded Jeffery S. Murr, 24.

About 10 people, including two children, had gathered for the ceremony. The man who was being initiated was blindfolded, tied with a noose to a tree and shot with paintball guns as Freeman fired a pistol in the air to provide the sound of real gunfire, Sheriff Ed Graybeal said.

A bullet struck Murr on the top of the head and exited at the bottom of his skull, officials said.

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