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Shooter Targets Rep. Loudermilk but Misses, Congressman Says

FBI investigating September incident in which bullet was found embedded in back of car

Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., was shot at during two separate incidents in 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

For the second time in less than a year, a shooter took aim at Rep. Barry Loudermilk but missed, the congressman said.

Loudermilk was driving through the North Georgia mountains in September with his wife when they heard a “thump” hit the back of their car, the Georgia Republican told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a recent interview.

“I’d just passed it off as just something falling down in the trunk or [us] just hearing things or a rock hitting the back of the car,” Loudermilk said.

But when Loudermilk and his wife, Desiree, got out of the car later, they discovered a bullet jutting from just above the bumper of the car, which belonged to their daughter.

“The trajectory was directly toward the headrest of the driver,” Loudermilk said, “but the elevation was wrong.”

That piqued the interest of the FBI, he said. The bureau is investigating the shooting, which was not publicly disclosed until Loudermilk’s interview with the AJC.

The FBI confirmed it is investigating the matter, the AJC reported.

It is unclear whether the shooter knew the two-term congressman was driving the car or whether the shot was a one-off occurrence. Federal investigators “believe the car was targeted” because of the elevation of the shot and because no other similar shooting happened that day.

It was the second time in less than four months that Loudermilk survived a shooting attack.

He was on the field in Alexandria, Virginia, at the GOP Congressional Baseball Game practice in June when a gunman opened fire on dozens of lawmakers and staffers.

He was also on an Amtrak train headed to the GOP congressional retreat in West Virginia in January when the train struck a truck.

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