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Maury County Woman Survives Sniper Fire

Posted at 5:58 PM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 20:28:19-04

Along the rural roads of Maury County, it's not unusual to see a road sign riddled with bullets.

"You know, out here you hear gunshots all the time, people just target practicing, hunting," said resident Lori King. 

Gunshots were ringing Saturday evening as King's daughter, 21-year-old Mercedes Rogalski, left her mom's house after a short visit. At the time they thought nothing of it.

"She come to spend Mother's Day with me and hang out, and she goes to leave that evening and I get a call," King explained. 

Mercedes made her way down their rural road, and she recalled, "I remember rolling my window down. I didn't have my radio on, and I just heard this loud bang."

Confused, she pulled over, and that's when she saw it. A bullet hole, just a few inches to the rear of where her head was.

"I didn't know what to think, I honestly didn't," Mercedes said. 

It turns out the bullet came from a high-powered rifle, and the man behind the trigger was 22-year-old Travis Temes.

"He was shooting to kill," said Mercedes. 

"He actually laid down on the ground and was aiming at the vehicle," King said. 

Unfortunately, Mercedes drives the same kind of car Temes was waiting on. He knew someone was coming to collect a debt. "He owed her and some guy she was talking to $400, the guy drove the exact same car as me," explained Mercedes.  

A case of mistaken identity, but luck or someone was on Mercedes' side. "It's scary. God was with us, He was with her, I mean it's scary," King said. 

Temes has been charged with attempted first degree murder, and he's in custody at the Maury County Jail. 

Mercedes will have to pay a $1,000 deductible to have her car repaired.