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Man Shot While Driving in Fort Worth



    According to police, 49-year-old Robert Sparks was driving to work Friday morning when out of no where a bullet came through the windshield of his car and struck him. (Published Friday, March 14, 2014)

    Fort Worth patrol officers found a 49-year-old man shot while he was driving on the intersection of Long Avenue at Beach Street  on Friday.

    Police said officers were sent out to the location at around 8:45 a.m. After they arrived to the area, they found the wounded driver, Robert Sparks.

    According to police, Sparks was driving when out of no where a bullet came through the windshield of his car and struck him.

    "Literally, I am driving and the next thing you know, there is a boom," Sparks said. "Same time as the boom in the window, I feel a pain."

    Sparks said he has driven the same route to work in Fort Worth for years. However, just before he crossed railroad tracks, a bullet shattered his front windshield, and went right into his neck, where it is bandaged now.

    At first, he thought it might have been a tree limb that came through, but then he saw the blood and realized he had been shot.

    “I pulled off to the side of the road," Sparks said. "Immediately put some pressure on it. Felt for the hole, put my finger in the hole and called 911. My military training took over. I was in the army for eight years.”

    Sparks was taken to a local hospital by MedStar. He found out the bullet came within an inch of an artery. 

    Sparks is now home with his family and has no answers about where this bullet came from.

    “Turn yourself in," Sparks said. "Get with God. It is not hard. You can hate but that is not going to get you anywhere. Peace is where you have to live."

    Fort Worth police said an investigation is underway. They do not know who is responsible for the shooting at the time.

    NBC 5's Julie Fine contributed to this report.