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7:15 PM Update: Sara Mutschlechner has passed away according to Denton Police.

It was learned though the investigation so far that approximately 60 people attended the New Year's Eve party that Sara had attended earlier. Investigators are asking that anyone who attended the party and took pictures or video to please contact Investigator Eric Beckwith at 940-349-7974 or

3:10 PM Update: The 20-year-old shooting victim is Sara Mutschlechner. Denton Police say she is on life support at this time. Witnesses said Sara was driving because she was the designated driver and had not been drinking.

Sara Mutschlechner
Sara Mutschlechner

DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) - Police in Denton started off the new year with a shooting investigation. It happened just after 2:00 a.m. in the 1700 block of North Elm Street. The early morning violence left two women hurt, and the suspects are still on the loose.

According to witnesses at the scene, four people were in a car when they were approached by a dark-colored SUV. Words were exchanged between the occupants of the vehicles, and then both started to drive away. However, somebody from the SUV shot multiple rounds at the car.

The victim's vehicle slammed into another car before crashing into an electrical pole, all as the SUV fled from the scene.

The female driver of the car, a 20-year-old student at the University of North Texas and former Martindale resident, was hit in the head. She was taken to Denton Regional Medical Center in critical condition. Her name has not yet been released.

One of the car's passengers also suffered minor injuries during the crash. She too was transported to Denton Regional Medical Center, and has already been treated and released.

Police are now trying to locate the SUV, described only as a dark-colored -- possibly black -- Lexus or Toyota model. Witnesses stated that five or six African American males were inside of the SUV at the time of the shooting, and at least two of those men attended a New Year's Eve party along Crisoforo Drive earlier in the evening.

The investigation is still ongoing, as more witnesses are being interviewed. Anyone with information about the shooting or the SUV's occupants is urged to contact the Denton Police Department at 940-349-7974 or

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