Davidson County, NC - Friday afternoon started off typical for 10-year-old Zachary Reno.
He got home from school then took of with his uncle and brother to a field near their home in Linwood.
It wasn't long before something went incredibly wrong.
"We heard gunfire and the next thing you know, I felt a shot," explained Zack.
"It was, it was very scary, till we got there and found out it wasn't life threatening and that he was going to be okay. That was the main thing," said his mother, Christel Reno.
The Davidson County Sheriff's Office is investigating the case. Zack's family tells WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower authorities believe it was a stray bullet that hit Zack. They haven't determined where it came from or who is responsible.
Zack was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he was treated and released within a couple hours.
"They said he took it like a champ, he done real good," said Christel. "They said there was grownups in there that would cry where he didn't even cry."
He didn't even need stitches.
"It went in here and out here," Zack explains.
The bullet went through his right hip and then lodged in his right forearm.
In fact, it's still in his arm. Doctors said it would be more dangerous to remove it.
"If I take a magnet and go to school, I can prove that the bullet it still in my arm," Zack said with a smile.
"If you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, he wants to be a preacher so I told him God was with him, and he wasn't ready for him because he needs to stay here and spread the Word," said Christel.
"Wow, I'm lucky," said Zack.
Deputies are still investigating the case. They searched the field where Zack was shot and went door-to-door in the mobile home community where he lives, questioning residents about the accident.
As for the bullet, the doctors told Zack it will stay in his arm unless authorities need it for their investigation.
WFMY News 2