CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NC - CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NC (WECT) - It appears that a high school sophomore was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office believes the teenager may have been hit by a stray bullet that fell from the sky.
The 15-year-old girl was sitting outside of Jack Britt High School on Wednesday evening. She was waiting for her mother to pick her up following rehearsal for a school play. The student told detectives that she heard a snapping sound and felt a sharp pain in her upper right thigh.
The girl was later taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where she received treatment to a minor wound. A physician at the hospital says there was no penetration but a break in the skin was noted.
Investigators say its possible for a 22-caliber bullet to travel up to two miles from a deployment site. They believe that someone fired a handgun up in the air from a distance and the projectile landed where the student was standing.