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Man shot in head with BB during commute

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Sweat. That's what Joseph Flores thought was running down his face as he drove home on Pleasant Valley Road.

"I hear something kinda hit my truck, the inside of my vehicle, and I'm thinking it's debris," Flores said. "Next thing I know, I feel blood running down the side of my face."

He was driving with his windows down, near a construction area, in southeast Austin.

"I was shot in the head," said Flores. "The only sound I heard was ting, ting, ting inside my truck and then kinda stars, saw a little stars and that's why I had to pull over. That's why I stopped then and there and called the police."

Fire and EMS arrived on scene as well, treating him before he filed a report with APD.

"They came out and said it looked like it just grazed my head," Flores said.

However, when the 26 year-old got back into his truck to drive home, something still felt wrong.

"I started feeling a little more dizzy, just not right, and if I would bend over or something, I would feel the pressure," said Flores. "We actually dig and looked around for that pellet in my truck, up and down, I couldn't find it and I was wondering why. Cause it's stuck in the top of my head."

The staff at South Austin Hospital said they couldn't remove the BB referring him to a plastic surgeon.

"There could be artery injury, depending on how close he was shot, it could have gone into the skull," said Dr. Sanjay Sharma, with the Seton Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.

He said this definitely could have been a more serious injury.

"It could have gotten into his eye and could have damaged his vision. It could have damaged his lip or his mouth or his cheek," said Sharma.

Austin Police are investigating who is responsible for shooting Joseph in the head.

"When you hear that sort of thing, it's always somebody who thinks they're playing a little prank," Sharma said. " Maybe shooting at a window or if someone's driving, but we know that any projectile shot at a car at a high moving speed has that much more velocity and that much more energy, it could have been much worse."

He says any kind of air rifle should be treated as a dangerous weapon.

"The doctor said that it could have killed me," said Flores.

Joseph hasn't been able to visit a specialist yet, because he had to be back at work.

"I want justice," Flores said. "Whoever was pulling this sniper act, regardless if it was a kid or not, it could have killed me."

He may be leaving from the same place, but Joseph says from now on, he's taking a different way home.

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