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Stray bullet hits girl sitting in vehicle overnight

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LAWTON, Okla_New information in an overnight shooting in Lawton that sent one woman to the hospital. She was shot in the neck, and police say it appears she was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Police were called to the Motif Manor Apartments after several callers reported hearing gunshots. Minutes later, police were called to a local hospital where the victim, 19 year old Lekisha Monroe was being treated. Monroe told police she was inside her car when she suddenly felt a sharp pain shoot through her neck.

Police say they are searching for people they believe may have information in the shooting of what appears to be an innocent victim. The victim along with other witnesses told police two men were arguing nearby when shots were exchanged between the men. Police believe Monroe was hit by a stray bullet.

"When she felt the stinging in her neck, she felt out of the car, she fell out of the driver's seat," LPD Captain Craig Akard said.

Akard said any shooting is a serious crime but even worse when an innocent person becomes the victim.

"I really doubt at anytime does hitting a serious person come into their mind."

In this shooting, luckily the victim is expected to make a full recovery, but he said it could have been much worse since several shots were fired.

"Could have been a whole lot worse, from the direction where the shots were fired to the car there are also shots back behind it so if the rounds went passed the car it could have gone through a window of a house, a child, it could of hit anybody."

He said this isn't the first time sirens and lights have been heard and seen here. Police have responded to this area several times on reports of shots being fired-- or worse, shootings where someone was hit and even killed. He said it's not fair for innocent residents to live in fear.

"It's not like a transient neighborhood, you've got people older people that have lived there for a number of years, those people shouldn't be worried about well it's getting so bad I need to pack up and go somewhere else, this is their home this is where they live, what they built, that's their life, they shouldn't have their life uprooted by someone else doing whatever they're doing, they should feel safe in their home."

Police say Monroe was treated and released from the hospital and are asking if you have any information about this shooting to call Crimestoppers at 355-INFO.

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