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Woman Struck By Stray Bullet In Drug Related Shooting

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Police say a woman was shot in the back in North Philadelphia by what was believed to be a stray bullet in a drug related shooting.

It happened just after 11 p.m. Thursday night at the intersection of 17th street and Susquehanna Ave when a 32-year-old woman was shot in the back while driving her car.

The victim was driving her Mazda West on Susquehanna with two other passengers when they turned left onto 17th street and heard gunshots.

Authorities say she realized she was shot at the intersection of 17th and Diamond streets. The bullet that struck the victim traveled through the back seat and front seat of the car.

She was taken to Temple University Hospital and is in stable condition.

Chief Inspector Scott Small says she's very fortunate.

"Although she was shot in the back, they say she was able to move her arms and her legs, and she was conscious." said Small. "So it doesn't appear there is any any paralysis."

Police say based on ballistic evidence from where the shorts were heard, that at least ten shots were fired from a semi automatic gun.

Ten shell casings and a small a bag of what is believed to be crack cocaine were found at the scene. Two cameras were also found nearby.

Authorities believe that the woman was an innocent victim and the two passengers are being interviewed at Central detectives.



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