Shell casing lodges in woman's face at gun range

WAYCROSS, Ga. - A Kingsland woman is recovering from what authorities call a freak accident when a spent shell casing lodged in her face at a firing range near the Okefenokee Swamp in south Georgia.

The woman was flown by helicopter from Waycross to a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, after the Wednesday mishap.

Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal says Joseph Borkowski of Kingsland was firing at targets at the Dixon Memorial State Forest firing range when he heard screaming, then saw his wife, Rhiannon, bleeding heavily from her face.

Royal said the semi-automatic .308-caliber rifle he was firing had ejected an empty shell casing, striking his wife in the cheek.

Royal said Rhiannon Borkowski underwent surgery but no other information on her condition was available.

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