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Police say woman wounded chasing would-be thieves

May 23, 2019 GMT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 20-year-old woman was shot in a leg while chasing would-be car thieves in Council Bluffs.

A police news release says Carmen Hernandez and 19-year-old Eric Martinez were awakened just after 4 a.m. Thursday by the sound of someone starting one of their vehicles in a detached garage. Three men near the garage started running away down an alley when Hernandez and Martinez went outside to investigate the noise.

The release says one of the men fired several shots at Hernandez, hitting her once. She was taken to Jennie Edmundson Hospital for treatment.

No arrests have been reported. Police say it appears the three men were trying to steal a car from the garage but couldn’t get the garage door open enough to get the car out.