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Rogue bullet shot across Mexico border hits El Paso woman

A woman has become the first victim of bullets flying across the border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, into El Paso, Texas, the Associated Press reported.

Authorities say an assault rifle-type round went through the calf of a 48-year-old woman while she was shopping on a busy downtown street, Tuesday morning. The El Paso Times reported that she was pushing a child in a stroller.

Authorities on the U.S. side later determined that the bullet was fired across the border during a gunfight between carjackers and Juarez police.


Two suspects were injured by police gunfire and taken to a Mexican hospital, the El Paso Times reported.

The victim was taken to University Medical Center of El Paso and treated for a non-life threatening injury. Authorities said the woman is from Mexico and has a residency card; she lives in El Paso.

The bullet has been sent to a Texas Department of Public Safety lab for testing.

Stray bullets have crossed the border twice before in El Paso, although none have hit people, the El Paso paper reported. In June 2010, a round made its way to the ninth floor of City Hall. Months later, a rogue bullet hit a building at the University of Texas at El Paso.

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