Stray bullet causes havoc in US, claims life of UK traveller lying in bed. Find out what happened

WION Web Team
New York Updated: Jan 22, 2022, 02:04 PM(IST)

A British man, who was lying in bed during a trip to the US city of Atlanta to visit girlfriend, died after getting hit by a stray bullet (file photo). Photograph:( Twitter )

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The astrophysicist seems to have flown to the US to visit girlfriend in Georgia. He was taken to hospital, but succumbed to his injuries from a gunshot wound on the head. His death is being probed as a homicide. In the incident, no arrests have been made till now. The victim looks to have got hit by a single bullet, which passed through the bedroom wall as he slept in the bed

A stray bullet can unleash a spell of horrors. This holds true for a recent incident where a British man, who was lying in bed during a trip to the US city of Atlanta, died after getting hit by a stray bullet in the early hours of Friday.  

The 31-year-old astrophysicist from Surrey, Dr Matthew Willson, was shot when a weapon was discharged by a group of people in a neighbouring block of flats in the suburb of Brookhaven.  

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After multiple shots were fired, some residents called emergency services at around 2 am, as per reports.  

Willson was taken to hospital, but succumbed to his injuries from a gunshot wound on the head, the police said. His death is being probed as a homicide. In the incident, no arrests have been made till now. 

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The astrophysicist belongs to Chertsey and seems to have flown to the US to visit girlfriend in Georgia.

The victim looks to have got hit by a single bullet, which passed through the bedroom wall as he slept in the bed.   

Police believes it to be a random act, which involved individuals participating in reckless discharge of firearms, reported local TV.  

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Sgt Jacob Kissel from Brookhaven police told WSB-TV, “This was a senseless act – this was an innocent victim. She and her boyfriend were lying in bed. He was here visiting from England. He was visiting a loved one. He had just flown in to the Atlanta area.”  

“We lean on the public to understand that this is a tragic event, and we hope that they may come forward with any information they may have,” Kissel added.  

Kate Easingwood, his sister, posted a tribute to him on Instagram and said, “The world is so unfair.”  

A Foreign Office spokesperson said, “We are supporting family of a British man following his death in the US, and are in contact with US authorities.”  

(With inputs from agencies) 

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