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A Texas lawmaker was hit by a 'stray' bullet during a New Year's celebration


A Texas lawmaker is recovering after being hit by a stray celebratory bullet during a New Year's celebration early Sunday morning, according to CNN

State Rep. Armando "Mando" Martinez was celebrating with his family outside of a home in Weslaco just after midnight, when out of nowhere something struck him over the head. 

"It felt like a sledgehammer hit me over the head," Martinez told CBS affiliate KGBT from his hospital bed. 

It didn't take long for Martinez and his wife to realize a bullet fragment had punctured the top of his head. 

The 40-year-old Texas lawmaker was quickly taken to the neurosurgical unit at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen. 

There, surgeons were able to remove the bullet, which punctured his skull but didn't damage his brain. Martinez told KGBT that he never lost consciousness. 

Martinez told CNN the fragment surgeons recovered from his skull appears to be from a .223 caliber round. 

"Had it gone any further, I don't think we would be having this conversation," Martinez told CNN. 

The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the incident. 

Sgt. J.P. Rodriguez of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office told KGBT, "We have reason to believe that he was hit by a bullet that was fired into the air." 

Rodriguez added that there is no reason to believe Martinez was targeted in any way. 

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick tweeted, wishing Martinez a Swift recovery. 

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