Investigators: Bullet falls from sky; strikes girl

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.

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