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Woman in Germany dies from gunshot on New Year's Eve

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BERLIN (AP) — A woman in Germany died from a head injury as she stood outside her house on New Year's Eve to watch fireworks and an autopsy suggests it was a gunshot wound, authorities said Thursday.

Police in the northern city of Kiel said the 39-year-old mother of three had stepped out of her house in the nearby town of Schoenberg to watch fireworks shortly before midnight. A few minutes later, she collapsed with a bleeding head wound. She died at a hospital in Kiel, where doctors found small metal splinters in her head.

Prosecutor Birgit Hess told the German news agency dpa that "after the autopsy, we believe with a high degree of probability that the woman was killed by a gunshot wound."

Authorities initially suspected that an illegal firework might be to blame. Germans typically welcome the new year by setting off large quantities of fireworks.

Woman in Germany dies from gunshot on New Year's Eve
Woman in Germany dies from gunshot on New Year's Eve