Tragedy struck when 13-year-old Noah Inman of Indiana was hit by a falling bullet that had been shot into the sky. Noah was playing basketball with friends when he suddenly collapsed. Initially, witnesses thought he had a seizure and called an ambulance. However, upon reaching the hospital, doctors discovered that Noah had been struck by a falling bullet, fired into the air by someone in the area. Despite the best efforts of medical professionals, he succumbed to his injuries a few days later.
Police investigations have led them to believe that the bullet was likely fired into the sky as a celebratory gesture, similar to a firework. The Hammond Police Department expressed their dismay over this dangerous practice, emphasizing that it has severe consequences and will be dealt with accordingly. They urged the public to limit their Fourth of July celebrations to legal fireworks.
The Hammond Mayor, Tom McDermott Jr., extended his condolences to the Inman family and described them as a close-knit family that values education. He called Noah’s death a senseless and tragic event, likening it to being struck by lightning. Mayor McDermott expressed hope that those responsible for firing the gun would come forward.
Noah’s baseball team honored his memory by embroidering his initials and jersey number on their caps during games that weekend. Coach Juan Maldonado spoke highly of Noah, describing him as a dream kid who displayed exceptional dedication, hustle, and humility. The team’s support and chants in Noah’s honor deeply touched everyone involved.
The incident serves as a reminder of the dangers posed by firing guns into the air and highlights the need for responsible gun ownership and adherence to laws regarding firearm use.