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Odessa man arrested after discharging gun, injuring child

Gary Bars Jr. (Source: Odessa Police Department) Gary Bars Jr. (Source: Odessa Police Department)
ODESSA, TX (KWES) -

Odessa police arrested a man after they say he shot a round into a driveway, causing a piece of concrete break off and strike a child in the head.

Officers were sent out to the 900 block of East Snyder St. around 7 p.m. Thursday evening on a report of a firearm being discharged.

A witness told police Gary Bars Jr., 35, had discharged a gun and that when the round hit the concrete driveway, a piece of it flew up and hit a 7-year-old boy in the forehead, causing him bodily injury.

Officers saw the shotgun with a spent shell casing in the yard.

Further investigation also revealed that Bars was in possession of a metal smoking pipe and that he was a convicted felon.

Bars was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, injury to a child and public intoxication.

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