Stray bullet sends KC grandfather to ICU

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City was supposed to be a safe place for a grandfather visiting from Mexico. Instead, it was where he was hit by a stray bullet.

Sixty-five-year-old Manuel Otto is in the intensive care unit at Truman Medical Center with a bullet stuck in his lower abdomen.

Otto was watching his great-grandson in the 5400 blk. of Bonita Ave., Tuesday evening when he was struck by a single bullet around 6:30 p.m.

"I hear my son screaming that grandpa got shot, did not hear a gunshot nothing,"  his granddaughter Maricela Pizano said.

Pizano said her grandparents visit her once a year from Guanajuato, Mexico, a state long considered dangerous because of the country's drug war.

"This was his peace time, when he would come here. Every time he would come here he would feel relief like he was, you know United States, everything was calm, everything was nice," says Pizano.

Now the 26-year old mother of three boys won't let her sons play outside.

"Can we go outside again Mom? I'm like 'No, not right now.' I'm too nervous right now. We have to let this settle, we have to let me breathe because I'm scared, I'm still scared."

Pizano says police searched for a shell casing, hoping to find where the bullet came from but had no luck. She said her grandfather didn't see a car drive by or even a hear a gunshot moments before he was hit.

Pizano says her grandfather blamed himself for simply being outside.

"He was like 'why did I go outside? Why did I went outside? I should've been inside.' I'm like 'no, everything is okay. It's okay to be outside, you were not doing anything wrong.'"

Pizano says doctors have told the family that her grandfather should recover and could be released in three days. But she adds doctors won't ever remove the bullet because they say doing so would be too dangerous based on Otto's age and the bullet's location near his groin.

Now she wants to move back to Michigan.

"I'm sad to say this but Kansas City is really bad with the guns and everything. We hear gunshots every day almost."

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