SAN ANTONIO- The man hit by a stray bullet while on the golf course Sunday afternoon says he was faced with a decision on whether to pull out the bullet that was lodged halfway in his chest.
Thirty one year old Justo Flores was recovering at home Monday afternoon 24 hours after he was struck by a stray bullet. He described how he could see the large bullet sticking out of his chest and the decision he was forced to make.
"I was like should I pull it out or shouldn't I pull it out because I was afraid if I pulled it out what would happen so I just left it in there,” explained Flores.
While on the course he heard what he never thought would become part of his fate.
“All day long I heard gun shots and I was thinking that sounds kind of close”.
Those shots were believed to be coming from a nearby gun range. By the time Flores got to the 12th green the gun range was only a mile away from him. The same distance he says police told him the bullet came from.
According to Flores, ”The bullet traveled about a mile before it hit me, they (police) said".
Before the bullet hit him the noise got very, very close.
Flores said, “I heard like whistling going by my ears at the top of my head and everything”.
Seconds later while Flores had no idea what was going on his friend quickly alerted him that he had been hit.
He was told, “Dude I think you just got hit by a stray bullet. I said there's no way, so I looked down at my shirt and I saw a hole with a little bit of smoke coming out”.
Justo Flores was rushed to SAMCC where the bullet was removed. He’s left with a scar and soreness in his chest. And while he's thankful it wasn't much worse he hopes police find out soon who is at fault and how this happened.