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October 25, 2012

Man hit in chest by apparent stray bullet

NEW CASTLE — New Castle police are investigating the origin of a stray bullet that sent a Mahoningtown man to a Pittsburgh hospital.

Ronald Dean Suszynski, 42, of 107 S. Liberty Ave., was flown to Presbyterian Hospital after he had gone to Jameson Hospital on his own, according to police.

Officers were called to the hospital regarding a gunshot victim, they said, and interviewed Suszynski there. He told police he had built a bonfire in his backyard on Liberty Street Tuesday.

His wife had gone to bed around 8:50 p.m., he told police, but he had stayed outside with their dogs. He said he had seen a spark on the sidewalk, then suddenly felt as though he had been hit with a hammer in his left upper chest.

He put the dogs inside the house and drove himself to the hospital without telling his wife, he told officers.

A hospital nurse told police that the bullet fragment had been lodged in Suszynski’s chest.

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