Boy, 10, injured by stray bullet at Coca-Cola Park before IronPigs game

 

Allentown police are trying to figure out where a bullet was fired from that injured a 10-year-old boy on the field at Coca-Cola Park before Saturday night's IronPigs game.

Corey Hagan and his mom were among the 100-150 guests taking part in pre-game activities on the field around 6:30 p.m. when the boy suddenly fell to the ground in pain.

"His mom was videotaping things and her son felt something in the back of his knee," said Joe Finley, IronPigs co-owner.

Hagan's leg was bleeding, and he was looked at by EMTs on scene before his mom took him to the hospital. An X-ray revealed what appeared to be a bullet lodged in the back of his knee, police said.

"Almost like it came right from the sky, which is the theory of the Allentown police," Finley said.

Police told team officials the shot must have come from a mile or two away.

Authorities say there were no gunshots heard within the park nor any indication that the shot came from within the park. There were no reports of gunfire anywhere in the area surrounding the park either, police said.

"(Police) say they have this issue around New Year's Eve. Things where people fire guns in the air and somewhere, somehow, that bullet has to make its way to Earth. And to use their term, it was a billion-to-one odds and unfortunately this little boy got hit," Finley said.

Allentown police told IronPigs officials there was no need to evacuate the stadium.

"When the Allentown police came on site, they immediately took charge of the situation and within their first breaths of coming back on site at the ballpark was there's no need to evacuate. There's no need to do anything," said Kurt Landes, IronPigs president and general manager.

Team officials said there was no reason to alert fans in the stadium.

"If I thought Josh there was any sort of danger, one, I'm here with my wife and three young children, I'm not gonna be sticking around, nor would I ever impose that on any other fan," Finley said.

Even though it's believed the bullet came from outside the stadium, IronPigs will still review security in the off-season, IronPigs officials said.

"We work with Allentown police on a regular basis in terms of having the ballpark be prepared for any type of emergency situation," said Landes said. "It's such a unique, odd, bizarre one-in-a-billion circumstance."

A family member told WFMZ's Josh Rultenberg Sunday evening the boy was expected to be discharged soon. He said the bullet is not being removed from Hagan's knee because removal could cause nerve damage.

Police are investigating the incident further. Authorities will release additional information as it becomes available.