KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A 13-year-old boy and his family at first thought Anthony Tran had been struck in the back of the head by a firework, but when they got to the hospital Saturday night, doctors determined it was a bullet.
It was 10:45 p.m. and Anthony was outside on his front porch with his parents, older sister, aunts, and neighbors at St. John and Topping in Kansas City's Northeast area celebrating the Fourth of July.
"We were just outside enjoying the barbecue, we'd just fired off some fireworks and as I watched my neighbors shooting off their firecrackers and stuff, I felt a burning sting in back of my head,” he recalled.
"Blood was streaming down my hands and I just fell to the ground screaming,” the eighth grader told FOX 4's Robert Townsend from his family's front porch on Monday.
Anthony's big sister, Stacy, was the one who called for help.
"Everybody was just running around. We saw all that blood and that's when my parents applied pressure to his wound and I called 911," she said.
Police confirmed someone, who was celebrating the holiday, fired a gun into the air and the stray bullet hit Anthony in the lower back part of his head.
"Yeah, the doctors did cat scans and determined it truly was a bullet from a real gun that hit me. Nothing like this has ever happened to me. You know I see this stuff in the movies a lot, but I never thought it would happen to me," said Anthony.
When he got to the hospital, doctors found the bullet in the lower portion of the back of his head, where it remains until doctors decide if it's safe to remove.
Just after 9 p.m. Saturday, Cathy Cusumano says she was sitting in her backyard in Brookside, celebrating the holiday with her family and friends when a stray bullet ripped through her canopy, grazed her leg and then hit her patio table.
“My wound is superficial and this whole thing just feels so surreal. I live in a nice area," said Cusumano.
"It's so ridiculous you know. I still cannot believe it. People should choose another way to celebrate the fourth. The police officer said had I leaned forward for a drink or something or turned another way, it could've been a lot worst. I feel very lucky and I guess some angels were looking out for me,” added a relieved Cusumano.
Cusumano didn't go to the hospital for her injury. However, Anthony says in two weeks he returns to the hospital; at which time, doctors will decided if they will remove the bullet or leave it in his head.
Police ask anyone who may know anything about either shooting incidents to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS (8477).