A Colorado man shot and killed his 14-year-old stepdaughter, mistaking her for a burglar as she snuck back into her home before dawn on Monday.
The teen, who was not identified, was shot in the chest and rushed to a local hospital, where she later died.
"The initial call came in as a burglary-in-progress," said a spokesman for the Colorado Springs Police Department.
The girl was entering the home through a window. The shooting was reported at 6 a.m.
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A neighbor who lives across the street from the family, Jani Harvey, said she heard the incident and claims the man fired three times.
"I heard three bangs," Harvey told KRDO. "I assumed it was someone hitting on a car or a garage door or something like that."
Their next-door neighbor, Mary Zesiewicz, said she awoke to police knocking at her door Monday.
"They were making sure everyone was okay," Zesiewicz said.
Authorities had received a phone call from her son.
"He goes 'Mom, they removed bullets from our wall' ... it's a very, very scary feeling," she said.
No arrests had been made Monday morning. Police said there was “no reason to believe that there is any danger to the community.”
The case will be turned over to the district attorney’s office, which will determine what if any charges will be filed against the unidentified stepfather.