A 23-year-old woman has died after a stray bullet fired from a half-mile away struck her in the chest while attending a Father's Day barbecue.

(CBS Seattle) – A stray bullet near Ferndale killed a 23-year-old woman Sunday.

According to the Bellingham Herald, the woman was struck in the chest while attending a Father’s Day barbeque a half-mile away from where the bullet was fired. Her dad reportedly called 911 after seeing bullets fly overhead at a family cookout near the Nooksack River. According to the report, the father called moments later saying his daughter had been hit in the chest.

Less than 24 hours after being hit, the woman died while being treated at St. Joseph hospital.

Whatcom County sheriff’s deputies traced the shots to a small group of people in the area. Deputies say members of the group had been shooting handguns and high-powered rifles near the riverbank, in the direction of where the barbeque was taking place. Two men out of the five — Robert Allen Lee and Douglas Eugene Quiding Jr. — have been booked into jail and face four counts of felon in possession of a firearm.

Authorities have not yet released the name of the victim.

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