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Teen Killed By Stray Bullet In Tyler Shooting

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TYLER (AP) – A 15-year-old East Texas girl has died after she was struck by a stray bullet during a shooting on Christmas Eve.

Authorities say Nicole Cartwright of Longview was with friends in the parking lot of a Tyler fast food restaurant when gunshots were reported about 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Tyler police Sgt. Matthew Smyser tells the Tyler Morning Telegraph that officers found the victim at the scene with a single gunshot wound. Smyser said the girl was taken to a hospital, and police were later told she had died from injuries sustained in the shooting.

Sgt. Bobby Perkins said witness accounts indicate two groups got into a disturbance somewhere else and met again at the restaurant, where one person fired at another.

Perkins said investigators are trying to determine a suspect.

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