Man hit by stray bullet during temple opening

AP News
Posted: Jul 08, 2014 11:18 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A stray bullet struck and injured a man selling food at the opening of a Cambodian Buddhist temple in Charlotte over the weekend, and police said appears to have come from celebratory Fourth of July gunfire.

Brandon Yam, 47, was hit on the top of the head, paralyzing him, on Independence Day as the festival at the temple ended, according to The Charlotte Observer (

Yam had started packing his food and drinks when he was struck, family members told the newspaper.

Police spokeswoman Jessica Wallin said it doesn't appear Yam was targeted. Investigators think he was hit by someone firing a celebratory shot into the air, Wallin said.

No charges had been filed by Tuesday.

The bullet was still in his head as doctors waited for the swelling to subside, his sister, Chenda Yam Wilson said.

"He has a headache. Memories are down, movement is down. They really don't know what's going on," Wilson said. "He's in stable condition but instead of going forward, he's kind of taking a step back."

Wilson told That Atlanta Journal Constitution (, that the family, most of whom live in Atlanta, is working to get him transferred to the Shepherd Center there, where she and her sister work.

"That is where we want him to go," Wilson said. "As a family we are really trying to get him over there because we have all the family, brothers and sisters, over there."


Information from: The Charlotte Observer,