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

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Posted: Jan 01, 2015 12:38 PM

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.

Lt. John Preyer of the Tampa Police 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.

Jacobs was treated at a hospital and released. She told the Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/1ybh1uo ) that her injury was a "freak accident."

Park spokesman Travis Claytor told The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/1x9sIjU ) that the fireworks were delayed a few minutes but resumed once Jacobs was off park grounds.