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Shots fired outside East Robertson HS, bullet hits dugout

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CROSS PLAINS, TN (WSMV) -

A high school baseball team was practicing for a big game Monday afternoon when they had to suddenly take cover from gunfire.

A bullet struck the dugout outside East Robertson High School while players were sitting on the bench.

No injuries were reported, but police are now trying to figure out who fired the shot.

"I was like, 'Oh, my gosh,' because we've had all this going on with our school, and I was like this isn't another thing we need on top of it," said student Caitlyn Mott.

The baseball players were getting ready for one of the most important games of the season when they heard the sound of a bullet striking the dugout. One of the students walked over, realized it was a bullet and told the coach, who immediately rushed everyone into the school and called police.

"He immediately notified me. We investigated the full area - could not find any shooters, any bullet casings, anything," said Cross Plains interim police chief James Yates.

Investigators determined there was no threat and believe the bullet was a stray that came from as far as one mile away.

Even if it was just an accident, the person who fired the shot could face charges.

"It's something you really don't want to see, especially around a school," Yates said.

Police say it's illegal to shoot a gun within the city limits, and if the bullet had landed just a few feet in the other direction, it could have been deadly.

Despite all the commotion, East Robertson went on to win their game and moved onto the district championship.

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