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British Doctor Visiting America Killed By Stray Bullet While Lying In Bed

British Doctor Visiting America Killed By Stray Bullet While Lying In Bed
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While sleeping, Dr. Matthew Willson was killed by a gunshot wound to the head. The British doctor, who had been visiting his loved ones, was shot while lying in bed.

Dr. Matthew Willson, from Chertsey, Surrey, stayed in an apartment in Atlanta, Georgia, when the incident took place. According to Brookhaven's local police, the gunshot came from another building nearby in the middle of the night.

This random act took place around 2.00 a.m. on Sunday, January 16. Wilson was previously a postdoctoral researcher at Georgia State University and had landed in the United States two days before the incident that took his life happened.

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The officers who arrived at the scene found him lying in bed with a bullet lodged in his head. Although he was rushed to the hospital, he did not make it. A statement read:

"Officers assisted with rendering aid until paramedics arrived on the scene. Dr. Willson was transported to a local trauma center where he succumbed to his injuries."

The Telegraph reported that the police described the doctor as "an innocent victim" of a "senseless act."

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Sergeant Jacob Kissel told WBS-TV:

"This was a senseless act - this was an innocent victim. He was here visiting from England. He was visiting a loved one. He had just flown into the Atlanta area. We lean on the public to understand that this is a tragic event, and we hope that they may come forward with any information they may have."

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He also told BBC Radio Survey that the police "immediately responded to the priority call, the person being shot. That's where they met with a female caller who was rendering aid to her boyfriend who had been shot in the head."

According to the police, some individuals were "recklessly" handling a weapon next door.

"This incident appears to be a random act involving individuals participating in the reckless discharge of firearm(s) which led to the tragic death of Dr. Willson."

British Doctor Visiting America Killed By Stray Bullet While Lying In Bed
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Kate Easingwood Willson, the victim's sister, wrote on Instagram:

"This world is so unfair," and with deaths from stray bullets, there are no truer words.

The Foreign Office also released a statement that read in part, "We are supporting the family of a British man following his death in the USA, and are in contact with US authorities."

Brookhaven is considered a relatively safe area, yet Atlanta saw a total of 750 shooting incidents in 2021 alone.