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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Teen identified as shooter

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  • Ardmore police have identified a 15-year-old as the gunman who fired shots Oct. 23 that left an local woman with a bullet lodged in her back.
     
    Sgt. Ryan Hunnicutt, Ardmore Police Department Public Information Officer, said the case involving the Ardmore teenager has been referred to officials in the offices of Oklahoma Juvenile Affairs.
     
    Esther Cruz, 20, was shot in an early morning encounter in the 1100 block of C Street SE.
     
    Police responded to a report of shots fired and while searching the area were notified a gunshot victim was seeking treatment at the local emergency room.
     
    Deputy Chief Eric Hamblin said at the time the woman's condition was not believed to be critical but confirmed she was transferred to an Oklahoma City hospital for treatment. She was released within 48 hours and returned to Ardmore.
     
    Hamblin said it appeared Cruz and a male companion were acquainted with the gunman.
     
    "We're not sure but believe that for some reason they were to make contact with the suspect in the 1100 block of C Street SE. When they pulled up the suspect fired shots into the vehicle," Hamblin said adding the man driving Cruz sustained minor injuries as a result of shattering glass.
     
    Cruz and her companion reportedly have not cooperated with the subsequent police investigation.
     
    Wednesday Hunnicutt said he had no knowledge concerning OJA's handling of the juvenile gunman.
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