Baseball fan Charles Sweatt hit by stray bullet during Rays game at Tropicana Field

8:46 AM, Jun 29, 2012   |    comments
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(USA TODAY) - There are many things that fans deal with when attending a major league baseball game.

Parking. Crowds. Long lines at the concession stand. Dealing with obnoxious fans. The dreaded heat. Forgetting a glove.

These are common. But dodging a stray bullet is not.

According to Fox Sports Florida, Charles Sweatt was hit in the right leg by a stray bullet on June 16 at Tropicana Field while attending the Tampa Bay Rays-Miami Marlins game.

The 55-year-old fan said he thought he was hit by a foul ball right away, according to the Tampa Bay Times. But is was a bullet.

It did not penetrate the skin and Sweatt was left with a bruise.

It's unlikely that the shot came from inside the building and likely came through the roof, but St. Petersburg police declined to speculate.

"No one really knows where that bullet came from," said St. Petersburg police spokesman Bill Proffitt. "It was a falling bullet. That's what it looks like."

After realizing he wasn't severely injured, Sweatt went back to his seat to watch the game with a story to tell.

According to the report, there was a shooting that occurred the same night around the same time a mile away from the stadium.

By Kyle Ratke, USA TODAY

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