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Columbus woman killed during shootout three days after her 20th birthday

The sheriff's office said it appears the victim was ducking to avoid the bullets when she was shot.
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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio - A Columbus woman is dead after she was hit by a bullet when two other people shot at each other, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office said 20-year-old Ja’Kharia Morgan was riding in a car when the driver stopped on Myrtle Avenue near Perdue Avenue early in the morning of November 14.

Major Steven Tucker with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said the driver got out, had an altercation with someone outside of the car, and at least two people started shooting.

Morgan is believed to have stayed in the car and Tucker said it appears she was ducking to avoid the bullets when she was shot.

Morgan, who turned 20 three days before the shooting, was pronounced dead at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Tucker said the person who was driving the car Morgan was in is not believed to be the one who shot her.

The relationship between the driver and Morgan is unclear, Tucker said.

No one has been arrested but Tucker said they are continuing to conduct interviews.