State representative hit in head by stray bullet

A Texas lawmaker was struck in the head by a stray bullet on New Year’s Eve while celebrating with his family.

Rep. Armando “Mando” Martinez was rushed to to Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco before being transferred to Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, where surgeons removed the bullet, which punctured his skull but didn’t damage his brain. Martinez said he was conscious the whole time.

He is expected to make a full recovery.

“It felt like a sledgehammer hit me over the head,” Martinez told KGBT from the hospital.

It took Martinez and his wife a few moments before they realized what had happened.

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting, which they believe at this point to be an accident caused by a New Year’s Eve reveler.

“We have reason to believe that he was hit by a bullet that was fired into the air,” according to a statement released by Sgt. J.P. Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office. “We want to remind the public that celebratory gunfire is very dangerous and can cause property damage and cause serious injury or death.”