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UNI professor shot in face on Ohio interstate, recovering

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Julie Husband, left, with her husband and three children Julie Husband, left, with her husband and three children

A professor at the University of Northern Iowa is recovering after being shot in the face while riding in a car on an Ohio interstate.

Julie Husband and her family were traveling on the Ohio Turnpike on Nov. 24 about 20 miles west of Toledo.

Husband said she was grading papers in the front passenger's seat when the window in her car shattered and she was hit by a stray bullet in the jaw.

She says the day she was shot was during Ohio's youth hunting season, and, to the best of her knowledge, no one has been apprehended.

Husband is expected to make a full recovery.

Dr. Julie Husband is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Languages & Literatures at the University of Northern Iowa.


Husband's full statement:

"One week ago, on the morning of Sunday, November 24, I was traveling on the Ohio Turnpike (Interstate 80/90) with my husband, Jim (who was driving), and our three children in the backseat. I was in the passenger’s seat grading student papers. About 20 miles west of Toledo, Ohio, in a rural area, the passenger’s side window was suddenly shattered, and I was shot in the mandible, breaking my jaw, by what we later discovered was a 12-gauge shotgun slug, typically used for hunting.

"We were able to quickly find a highway patrol officer who called an ambulance, and I was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital and then the Toledo Hospital where surgery was performed to remove the slug from my jaw. After my release from the hospital, we returned to our home in Cedar Falls, Iowa. I am glad to report that I am anticipated to make a full recovery from this injury, though the recovery requires that my jaw remain wired shut for 4-6 weeks. I am grateful to the many law enforcement and medical professionals who gave me excellent care, particularly the fine nursing staff at Toledo Hospital.

"To my knowledge, no one has been apprehended in this incident, though it has been under investigation by the Ohio Highway Patrol. It is concerning to me that this incident would take place on the major highway leading into a major metropolitan area. Since the person responsible has not been apprehended and, to my knowledge, this incident was not reported on in any of the Toledo media, it is likely that the person who shot me does not know what he or she has done.

"Though I do not know who shot me, I am now aware that Sunday, November 24 was the second day of Ohio’s two-day youth hunting season. It is important for people to understand that a gun is at least as dangerous as a car, and gun owners should be, at a minimum, as responsible as car owners, registering and insuring guns. Any parent who would allow a child to use a gun assumes an enormous responsibility not simply for that child but for the trajectory of any bullets shot by that child."

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