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Woman shot on All American Expressway dies

Posted March 29, 2011 11:28 a.m. EDT
Updated March 29, 2011 9:14 p.m. EDT

— A woman shot on the All American Expressway in Fayetteville on Monday died on Tuesday afternoon, Fayetteville police said. 

Investigators said Frances Marie Del Valle Sanchez, 21, and her ex-husband were traveling south together on the freeway in a black GMC Yukon on Monday afternoon when they got into a minor wreck, spun out of control and ended up in the median. No other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

"I believe a guy just shot someone in his vehicle, and they ran off the road," a 911 caller initially said. "She fell out his truck and she is bleeding out her head really bad.”

The caller later said he wasn't sure who fired the shot.

Police responded to the scene and found Sanchez on the ground outside the vehicle. Police say she had been shot in the head and several passersby, including a soldier from a Medical Support Unit at Fort Bragg, stopped to help her.

Sanchez's ex-husband, who has been identified as a Fort Bragg solider, was in the driver's seat. His name was not released.

Witnesses told officers they saw the soldier, wearing his combat uniform, get out of the SUV and go into a wooded area after the shooting.

Police say the two, who were recently divorced, appear to have gotten into some kind of struggle inside the vehicle before the wreck. 

"That's something detectives are still looking into," Fayetteville police spokesman Gavin MacRoberts said.

It is unknown what caused the shooting. 

"We want to determine exactly who pulled the trigger, and that's something we're looking into at this point," MacRoberts said. 

The driver was detained for questioning and released Monday night. Sanchez died at Cape Fear Valley Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

No charges have been filed.

The incident remains under investigation. MacRoberts said police are continuing to interview witnesses who were driving behind the vehicle at the time of the incident. 

The All American Expressway was closed for three hours following the incident.