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Woman fatally shot near Five Points in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A woman was shot and killed near the Five Points intersection in Bethlehem early Wednesday morning.

Officers responded to the area of Fiot and Sioux streets shortly before 2 a.m., after residents reported hearing gunshots in the area.

"A war zone. Police were out, blocked off from my garage to Fiot Street," neighbor Robert Robinson said in describing the scene.

"I thought it was a fire at first. I didn't see smoke, but more cop cars came up. I thought it was burglary or a car stolen. something like that," added neighbor Matt McNeely.

The 19-year-old woman's body was found in the street at Sioux and Sassafras streets, about two blocks away, according to police.

Police and paramedics performed first aid on the victim, but they were unable to revive her. She died at the scene.

"Makes me nervous, because we just had another shooting across Cherokee Street," Robinson said.

That shooting happened less than a week ago and left a man seriously injured.

In Wednesday's case, police haven't released any details about what led to the woman being shot. Her name has not been released.

McNeely moved to the neighborhood two years ago.

"It is a nice neighborhood. Stuff like this doesn't happen. I'm not to concerned about it," he said.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call Detective Chris Beebe at 610-997-7681 or 610-865-7187. Police said tips can remain confidential.

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