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Stray rifle round barrels through two walls, hits girl

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The bullet passed through two walls and curtains before hitting 12-year-old Carley Reyling in the head. The bullet passed through two walls and curtains before hitting 12-year-old Carley Reyling in the head.
Police recovered a 7.62 mm round like this one in Carley's bedroom. Police recovered a 7.62 mm round like this one in Carley's bedroom.
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FRANKLIN COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

Parents of a Franklin county girl wants hunters and target shooters to watch where they shoot.

Natalie Reyling of rural West Frankfort says around 4:30 p.m. Monday, target shooters fired a shot from an AK-47 that powered through two walls and a curtain in her home before hitting her 12-year-old daughter in the head.

The bullet did not break Carley Reyling's skin when it struck her, but she says it was a scary experience. Natalie Reyling says it is a miracle her daughter wasn't injured or killed.

"To hit her in the head, God was in this room." said Natalie Reyling. "He stopped that bullet. He really did."

The Franklin County Sheriff's Department is investigating. Natalie Reyling says that afternoon police located the target shooters and confiscated the high-powered rifle. The home from which the shot was fired was more than a mile away from the Reyling's home.

"Rifle rounds especially can travel long distances," said Conservation Police Officer Tim Lay with the Illinois Department of Natural resources.

Lay urges target shooters to use extreme caution with high-powered rifles like the AK-47 in this case.

"You actually want to see what you're shooting at, and see what's beyond that," Lay said. "In case you do miss - we don't want that round going into a residential area."

With Illinois' firearm deer season set to start this weekend, Lay and the Reylings want hunters and target shooters to be sure they know where they're shooting.

"I don't have any anger toward the people. I target shoot too," said Carley's dad Tommy Reyling. "They just need to be aware of the safety aspects of it and need to shoot responsibly."

It's illegal to hunt with a rifle in Illinois, but CPO Lay says deer slugs can travel pretty far too.

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