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Crystal City shooting critically injures 19-year old woman

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Stairway in the 100 block of County Road in Crystal City which was the scene of a shooting that critically injured a 19-year old woman Stairway in the 100 block of County Road in Crystal City which was the scene of a shooting that critically injured a 19-year old woman
Crystal City Police are investigating a shooting that critically injured a 19-year old woman. Crystal City Police are investigating a shooting that critically injured a 19-year old woman.
CRYSTAL CITY, MO. (KMOV.com) -

A 19-year old woman was critically wounded by random gunfire in the 100 block of County Road in Crystal City Thursday.

Joshua Blattel heard the gunshots right outside his front door. "I heard five shots, came outside and I noticed fifteen, ten people outside," said Blattel. 

Investigators said the shooting victim was there to watch a fight between the leaders of two rival groups of young adults.

Crystal City Police Captain Mike Pruneau told News 4, "She was there, there was a fight, she was in the vehicle watching the fight get ready to happen and somebody pulled out a gun and started shooting."

According to Pruneau, the bullet pierced the woman's right arm and then the right side of her chest. She was flown by helicopter to a hospital.

Neighbors took cover when they heard the shots. 

"What we heard was a couple of gunshots then me and my family pretty much hit the floor and stayed out of sight till we knew everything was okay," said Laquane Hutchinson.

Pruneau said the groups have been feuding over drugs and girlfriends, and may be responsible for gunfire that shattered car windows in the neighborhood last month.

Police and neighbors are worried that the ongoing, violent feud could kill someone.

Homeowner Mike Tullock told News 4, "It scares me because these kids with these guns now, it went from arguing and yelling at each other and now they're shooting at each other."

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