Woman shot by pellet gun during Dayton fireworks

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Lindsey Beekman said she was stunned when emergency room doctors told her that the huge welt on the back of her thigh was caused by a pellet gun.

While thousands of people were taking in Thursday night’s fireworks in downtown Dayton, Lindsey Beekman was dealing with something else.

“I had felt a horrible pain in my leg. Like a thousand bee stings. I grabbed my leg and there was instantly a huge welt there,” said Beekman.

The Springfield resident said she was with her family at the time.

They had just left the Dragons game at Fifth Third Field and the fireworks had just started when she felt it.

They had to cut short the fun and go to the hospital.

“After Xrays and everything, the doctor and the nurse had just ruled it out as being struck by a pellet or BB gun from long distance. It’s a rather large welt, so he wasn’t too far, he wasn’t too close,” said Beekman.

Beekman said the back of her left thigh is swollen, with a bruise the size of a softball.

With two kids under the age of ten, she said she’s glad they were left unharmed.

“I was more upset. I mean, we were with our children. We were with our family. It hit so low on my leg that it could have hit one of the kids,” Beekman said.

Organizers of Thursday night’s Lights in Flight festival say more patrols were on duty for this years event to better manage the crowd.

Beekman, said she’s been to downtown Dayton several times for events and that she and her family have never felt in danger. But after what happened Thursday, she’s not sure.

“Now everytime we go somewhere, my kids were there and witnessed it. So they’re kind of nervous to go anywhere because they don’t want to get shot just like mom did,” said Beekman.

Beekman said she called Dayton Police to report what had happened and they told her that someone with a pellet gun was arrested Thursday night.

She said they told her there were no reports of anyone seeing the person shoot it, but it was in the suspect’s waistband at the time of arrest.

2 NEWS reached out to Police but hasn’t heard back.

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