Bullet removed from girl's shoulder, hit during 4th of July fireworks show in Okmulgee

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Updated: 8/16/2013 2:08 pm Published: 7/05/2013 2:49 pm

Police could learn more information on the shooter who fired a gun on the 4th of July where the stray bullet hit a little girl in Okmulgee.

The father of now 4-year-old Adrian Vincent, said his daughter had surgery on Friday to remove the bullet.

Okmulgee police tell FOX23 News the bullet is on its way to the OSBI crime lab to determine more ballistic information.

Investigators believe the bullet came from a 9mm.

Okmulgee police say Adrian was 3 at the time and was hit by a stray bullet near the First National Bank and Trust in Okmulgee.

"I'm so supposed to protect her," said Josh Vincent.

He and his 3-year-old daughter, Adrian, and 2-year-old daughter, Zoey, were watching the fireworks from the popular spot at the bank when Adrian started screaming in pain.

"We were sitting there, and we felt a thump," said Vincent.

Her parents thought she was scared from the loud fireworks.

"She looks at me and I look back at her and that look on her face and she has blood going all the way down her dress," said Vincent.

Her dad then saw a hole in her should and he thought it was from firework debris.

"She went white and her lips turned blue and she was screaming she wanted to go to sleep," said Amanda Vincent.

When they got to the hospital, the doctor told her there was a bullet in her daughter’s shoulder and she was rushed to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.

"I didn't hear a gunshot, it never crossed my mind that it could have been a gunshot,” said Vincent.

Police believe someone shot a gun in the air but they don't know who or how far away the shooter was from the bank.

"You could have killed my daughter," said Vincent.

Her father fights back tears as he talks about how brave his daughter was during the chaos.

"I wish it was me," said Vincent.

Adrian was released from St. Francis around 11 a.m. on Friday. Under the bandage is a bullet lodged in her shoulder.

Her family says Adrian is a fighter and they'll fight to find out who did this to their little girl.

"I want them to see what their actions did and maybe they will think twice," said Vincent.

The doctors told the Vincents if they remove the bullet, it could do more damage to the girl, so they left it in to heal on its own.

Adrian's 4th birthday is on Sunday.

Investigators are working to piece together where the bullet was lodged and where the girl was sitting to get an idea on where the shooter was during the fireworks show.

If you have any information, please call the Okmulgee Police Department at 918-756-3511.

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Mayor Maynot - 7/7/2013 6:56 AM
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Shell be giving metal detectors whuffo for years to come.

Unwashed Mass - 7/6/2013 4:37 PM
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The bullet may have traveled miles.
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