Puerto Rico 13-year-old dies in drive-by shooting

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Associated Press

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 10:32 AM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A 13-year-old girl in Puerto Rico has died after being struck in the head by a stray bullet.

Police said Wednesday that Thais Ponce Alvarez and a 20-year-old man were killed during a drive-by shooting in a public housing project in San Juan. Police said three others were hit by bullets, including an 11-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy. The group had gathered outside an apartment at the Luis Llorens Torres complex on Tuesday.

Authorities said in a statement that the 20-year-old who died, Christian Joel Mangual, was the apparent target.

No one has been arrested.

Police say 545 people have been killed this year, compared to 652 in the same period last year, when the U.S. territory reported a record 1,117 homicides.

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