Tampa police: Woman hit by stray New Year’s bullet

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Police say a 20-year-old woman waiting to see New Year’s fireworks at a Florida theme park was struck in the leg by a stray bullet fired from somewhere outside the park.

Authorities say no one else was hurt in or around Busch Gardens and the injury wasn’t life-threatening.

Police Lt. John Preyer says Kaitlyn Jacobs of Seminole felt a sudden pain in her lower left leg 10 minutes before midnight, apparently the victim of a shot fired in celebration elsewhere.

“She knew her leg was hurting but she didn’t know why,” Preyer said.

Jacobs was treated at a hospital and released.

Preyer says it’s unclear exactly where the shot was fired from, but it was “definitely from outside the park.”

Park officials didn’t immediately respond to telephone messages seeking comment.

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