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Latino Daily News

Wednesday February 22, 2012

Woman Shot in El Paso by Bullet From Juarez Side of Border

Woman Shot in El Paso by Bullet From Juarez Side of Border

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A Texas border town was running for cover this week after a bullet believed to have come from the Mexico side of the border struck a woman in the leg Tuesday.

The victim, an unnamed 48-year-old woman, was walking in Downtown El Paso, pushing a child in a stroller, when stray gunfire from Ciudad Juarez came flying in. The bullet is believed to have come from a shootout between cops and carjackers in Juarez.

Schools in the area were put on lock down, though no other bullets were believed to have entered the U.S.

Police say the bullet that hit the woman was a “full metal jacket hard-nosed bullet”, the type used in assault rifles. The bullet exited the woman’s calf cleanly and she was taken to the hospital, treated, and released.

Though the name of the woman injured was not released, Allen said she is a Mexican citizen with a residency card living in El Paso.

El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said the police department received about 10 calls regarding the sound of gunfire at the time of the incident.

El Paso Mayor John Cook attempted to reassure residents that the city is still one of the safest in the nation. Still, when living so close to one of the world’s most violent cities residence can’t help but worry after incidents like these.