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11/25/2003 4:21am,
apparently the big hoods they wear offer no ballistic protection:


JOHNSON CITY, Tennessee (AP) -- A bullet fired in the air during a Ku Klux Klan initiation ceremony 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 Saturday night 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 Fred Phillips said.

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

Freeman fled the ceremony but was arrested near his home, authorities said. He was released on $7,500 bail.

11/25/2003 4:29am,
are they absolutely certain god wasnt just doing some weekend hunting?

11/25/2003 9:28am,
"The man who was being initiated was blindfolded, tied with a noose to a tree and shot with paintball guns."

Sensible bunch then.

11/25/2003 11:12am,
chuKles chuKles chuKles

11/25/2003 11:57am,

11/25/2003 12:11pm,
couldn't have happened to a nicer group.

11/25/2003 12:29pm,
and just when you think that the stupidity race was full, another group makes themselves heard !!

11/25/2003 2:28pm,
Good thing there wasn't a brain to get in the way.

11/25/2003 2:33pm,
YOU gentlemen fail to see the real problem here. What, Sirs, about the poor TREE!!!!! Did the bullet go completely through his empty head? Was the tree injured? What kind of tree was it? Does he also have poison ivy now. There are many factors to consider here.

11/25/2003 2:47pm,
Who cares? And before you accuse me of being specist, one of my best friends is a tree.

11/25/2003 3:39pm,
Karma baby, it goes up, and it comes down.

11/25/2003 3:48pm,
Why do bad things happen to good people?

This reminds me of when my puppy died.

11/25/2003 5:28pm,
This story was ALL over the radio this morning. Apparently it went through his skull and exited through his jaw. Last I heard he was alive in critical condition.

Sam Browning
11/25/2003 7:00pm,
I nominate them for a darwin award, it couldn't happen to a more deserving group of people :)

The Crack Taoist
11/25/2003 10:54pm,
Yikes Johnson City even. Well those boys from the hills have never been the brightest
in the bunch... though occasionally they surpass themselves...

This would be one of those times...

11/25/2003 10:56pm,
Gotta love the South. Gotta love the justice....