Fortunately it was only a minor wound resulting from a richochet, and the girl is out of the hospital.
Really sloppy shooting on the part of the FBI’s cowboys — 7-8 shots, all misses except for the richochet fragment. It’s good that they didn’t score a direct hit on the girl, but these idiots shouldn’t be running around with weapons.
Aslo seems that no search warrant was actually served, since the occupants of the home have no idea why it was raided in the middle of the night.
WJLA: Shots fired during FBI warrant search in District Heights (Nov 15 2012)
An early morning FBI raid has a District Heights family in fear. The agents came into the house and drew their guns at the family’s daughter, but she wasn’t armed.
“They almost hit my daughter, man,” says Emory Hughley. “If I hadn’t told her to go back in her room they probably would have shot her.”
Hughley says he was asleep in the basement when he heard a bang at the front door. His 18-year-old daughter Myasia was upstairs in her room with two friends who were spending the night. Around 6 a.m. he says he came up to the living room and saw 15 FBI SWAT agents coming inside, guns drawn.
“I’m shouting ‘Nobody is armed, nobody has a gun!’ and then all of a sudden I heard ‘She’s got a gun!’ and they just opened fire,” he says.
Hughley says he looked up and saw his daughter standing outside her bedroom in the hallway. Then he heard gunfire.
“I’ve got eight holes in my wall. One bullet went past my head, almost hit me, ricocheted off my brick wall and some of the shrap metal hit my little daughter in the back of her neck, all for nothing.” says Hughley.
NBC Washington: Woman Injured by Gunfire in District Heights FBI Raid (Nov 15 2012)
Hughley said his son and two of Myasia’s friends were also in the house when a SWAT team of about 15 agents, fully clad in riot gear, forcibly entered the split-level home around 6 a.m.
As Hughley was emerging from his lower-level bedroom, he heard agents yelling, “She’s got a gun, she’s got a gun,” he told Bensen.
Hughley said his daughter was wearing only a sleep shirt when the agent fired, barely missing her head. One shot broke into fragments as it hit the brick wall, striking her in the neck.
Hughley said he didn’t know what the search warrant was for, but that the family didn’t keep guns in their home.
The FBI’s Washington Field Office would not specify what the warrant was for, and haven’t provided any further information. But Hughley feels that the amount of force which agents opened home was excessive and dangerous, he told Bensen. The brick wall has multiple bullet holes.
Huffington Post: FBI Fires Shots During Raid Of Maryland Home Of Emory Hughley (Nov 17 2012)
FBI officials later said they were there Thursday to perform a search warrant, but didn’t divulge the reason for the visit.
However, MyFoxDC reported that this was part of a coordinated series of FBI actions at locations in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. The station maintains that four people were arrested in the other raids on charges connected to heroin dealing.