Commissioners to look into shooting range incident

Stray bullet hit neighbor while she worked in front yard

Linda Sperling shows images from her head injury after she was allegedly struck by a stray bullet. February 3, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Linda Sperling shows images from her head injury after she was allegedly struck by a stray bullet. February 3, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

HOCKINSON, Wash. (KOIN 6) — Clark County commissioners said Tuesday they will take a closer look at a Hockinson gun range — after a neighbor was allegedly hit by a stray bullet.

Mike and Linda Sperling said they have seen stray bullets fly over the fence from Clark Rifles for years. Over the weekend, they brought in metal detectors and found 30 new rounds of ammunition on their property.

Mike Sperling told KOIN 6 News he wants the shooting range shut down — his wife is still recovering from being hit in the head by a stray round.

“All I remember is I had an explosion in my head and my ears were ringing,” Linda Sperling told KOIN 6 News.

Linda said she still has a fog in her head, occasional headaches, ringing in her ears and a sore neck.

“I’m blessed it wasn’t my time,” Linda said. “I’m blessed somebody was looking out for me.”

Clark County Commissioner David Madore and Acting County Manager Mark McCauley said they hadn’t heard of the case before KOIN 6 News asked them about it. They said they will investigate to see if the county shooting range code was violated in the incident.

Clark Rifle’s president Bob Kadow has yet to comment on the issue. KOIN 6 News will continue to update this story as new information becomes available.

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