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Bullet found in man's head years after drunken New Year's Eve

Kristen Allen · 24 Aug 2010, 17:11

Published: 24 Aug 2010 17:11 GMT+02:00

The Polish construction worker in Herne doesn’t quite remember whether it was in 2004 or 2005, but he does recall feeling a forceful blow to the back of his head around midnight as he celebrated in the city centre, said Bochum police spokesman Volker Schütte.

He recently noticed a cyst on his head and went to the Herne hospital, where X-rays revealed the culprit – a 22-calibre bullet lodged in his scalp.

“He must really have a strong constitution,” said Schütte, who spoke with the patient while he recovered in the hospital following an operation on Friday. “He was of course intoxicated at the time he felt the blow. It was New Year’s Eve so naturally he’d had a bit more than usual to drink.”

Doctors informed police in the Ruhr Valley city immediately, and they are now searching for the shooter, who faces charges of negligent bodily harm.

Investigators believe that someone likely rang in the New Year with a shot, unintentionally hitting the man.

“The key, and this is obviously important and good for this man, is that the power behind the bullet was low,” Schütte told The Local. “Otherwise he would have sustained much more severe injuries.”

While investigators believe their chances of finding the New Year's Eve shooter are low, the case could serve as an example to future revellers.

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“Our next pre-New Year's Eve safety campaign will now have an argument for telling people to leave their pistols in the gun safe because they’ll see what kind of damage can be done,” Schütte said.

The patient is expected to recover fully and will be released from the hospital in the coming days.

Kristen Allen (kristen.allen@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

17:32 August 24, 2010 by freechoice
i think he will get the chills in the head during winter time
18:10 August 24, 2010 by NYsteve
".....they are now searching for the shooter, ...."

pssst....I think he may be gone by now......just some advice
21:31 August 24, 2010 by grazhdanin
¦quot;Our next pre-New Year's Eve safety campaign will now have an argument for telling people to leave their pistols in the gun safe because they¦#39;ll see what kind of damage can be done,¦quot;

- aren't guns banned in Germany?
21:54 August 24, 2010 by wxman
I hate when that happens.
21:57 August 24, 2010 by Avidror
@ grazhdanin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_politics_in_Germany#Current_laws

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_gun_ownership
22:45 August 24, 2010 by The-ex-pat
21:31 August 24, 2010 by grazhdanin

¦quot;Our next pre-New Year's Eve safety campaign will now have an argument for telling people to leave their pistols in the gun safe because they¦#39;ll see what kind of damage can be done,¦quot;

- aren't guns banned in Germany?

Hope not or my waffenbesitzkarte is out of date!
00:19 August 25, 2010 by Prufrock2010
What goes up must come down. Gravity, or something like that.

The National Rifle Association wants to arm everybody. Ain't that great?
04:09 August 25, 2010 by proclusian
[insert Ruhrpottler joke here]

Surprised this was in Herne -- would have thought Bottrop from the description of what happened.
06:19 August 25, 2010 by vonSchwerin
I've always thought that New Year's Eve celebrations in Germany get a bit out of hand. Private individuals shooting off fireworks in the streets of Berlin? I've seen youths shooting fireworks from their balconies, even at pedestrians walking home at 1 a.m. So, this doesn't surprise me.
10:56 August 25, 2010 by Joshontour
00:19 August 25, 2010 by Prufrock2010

What goes up must come down. Gravity, or something like that.

The National Rifle Association wants to arm everybody.

since when has the NRA been in Germany?
13:47 August 25, 2010 by trottercarriagehorse
@bluebell16

"Yeah... like a serious case of deadness."

that is just too funny
16:00 August 25, 2010 by Surf City
. . .Guns are great!! We all own em here in the U.S.

"Guns dont kill people!!! People Kill people"
17:50 August 25, 2010 by theMaggiSauce
Hehehe those polish guys .. they have indeed a hard head ...
21:07 August 25, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Joshontour --

I wasn't suggesting that the NRA is in Germany. I was drawing an analogy to an absurd situation in the US. Perhaps the irony was lost on you.
00:47 August 28, 2010 by erinjohn
absurd situation? the founding fathers noticed it was easier to kick the british out if people were armed. guess what? it worked.thats how it was in 1776 and how it is in 2010 with violent jerks running around in all countries! prufrock would rather kiss his attackers i guess. sorry buddy but if some ahole becomes violent towards my wife or kids i'd rather be armed than not. oh and by the way pruf most gang bangers arent members of the nra. gun bans dont work as our polish friend with the 22 round in his head!
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