Police: NC woman killed by Fourth of July ‘celebratory gunfire’

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DURHAM, NC (AP) — Police say a 74-year-old North Carolina woman was fatally shot by “celebratory gunfire” on the Fourth of July.

Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis said in a statement that “reckless behavior” led to the shooting death of Paulette Thorpe late Saturday.

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Davis said some people “carelessly” fired guns into the air during the holiday celebration.

Police say Thorpe died at a hospital.