Bullet From Mexico Hits Woman in Texas
El Paso woman injured by Juarez shootout
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2012 11:30 PM CST
Updated Feb 22, 2012 5:00 AM CST
A sign welcoming residents of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, into El Paso, Texas, is posted near the bridge that separates both cities.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – El Paso is considered one of America's safest cities, but it was painfully reminded of its proximity to one of the world's most dangerous yesterday. As cops battled carjackers in Ciudad Juarez, a stray bullet crossed the border and struck a Texas woman in the leg as she shopped in downtown El Paso, AP reports. The 48-year-old woman was pushing a child in a stroller at the time. The bullet, apparently fired a few hundred feet from the US border, exited cleanly, and the victim was treated in a local hospital and released.

Several cross-border bullets have hit buildings in El Paso over the last few years, but this is the first time a person has been struck. The city's mayor says residents shouldn't panic. "People get struck by lightning, too, and that doesn't make us stay indoors when there is a rainstorm," he tells the El Paso Times. "It is very unfortunate that this happened. Fortunately, the woman was not seriously hurt. That is a blessing."

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Feb 26, 2012 2:56 PM CST
One more good reason to bring our troops home and place them on our entire Southern border!
Feb 22, 2012 6:21 PM CST
Legalize pot, diminish the drug war. Legalize all drugs, end the drug war entirely. Or, business as usual and bullets keep flying. Your choice, Washington.
Feb 22, 2012 2:16 PM CST
Don't worry about it. It was probably a US made gun and US made bullet that hit her. She is just doing her share to keep the purveyors of murderous toys in business.