A female was fatally shot by a resident when the vehicle she was traveling in mistakenly entered the incorrect driveway.
On Saturday (April 15th), Kaylin Gillis, a 20-year-old from Schuylerville, was one of four individuals in a vehicle who lost her life in New York state.
Due to poor lighting at night and the rural nature of the area, the group mistakenly entered the driveway of Kevin Monahan, a 65-year-old resident located in the town of Hebron in Washington County.
Upon the driver's departure from Monahan's driveway, the homeowner reportedly discharged a firearm at the car, resulting in Gillis being fatally struck.
During a news conference, Sheriff Jeffrey Murphy of Washington County stated that none of the car's occupants attempted to leave the vehicle or enter Gillis' property.
Following the shooting, the group drove away from Monahan's residence and tried to seek assistance in the nearby town of Salem, which is located to the northeast of Albany and near the border with Vermont.
Unfortunately, despite the efforts of paramedics who administered CPR in an attempt to rescue her, Gillis was declared deceased.
"This is a very sad case of some young adults who were looking for a friend's house and ended up at this man's house who decided to come out with a firearm and discharge it," Sheriff Murphy said.
"There's clearly no threat from anyone in the vehicle," he added. "There's no reason for Mr Monahan to feel threatened."
During the conference, the Sheriff informed the media that Monahan did not cooperate with the investigation and declined to leave his residence to converse with law enforcement.
Authorities conversed with Monahan through a 911 dispatcher and in person for approximately an hour before taking him into custody.
Gillis' family has established a GoFundMe page to aid in covering the costs of funeral arrangements and related expenses.
Just a few days prior to this incident, a teenager was shot and injured in Kansas City, Missouri, while attempting to collect his siblings from the wrong residence.
On April 13th, Ralph Yarl, a 16-year-old, was dispatched to retrieve his younger siblings from a friend's dwelling. When he rang the doorbell at the residence of 84-year-old homeowner Andrew D. Lester, Yarl was struck in the head and arm by a bullet after collapsing to the ground.
Following his hospitalization for injuries that were initially classified as "life-threatening," Yarl has been discharged from medical care.
Paul, the father of the boy, informed the Kansas City Star that his son has been recuperating well since returning home, while Yarl's mother, who works as a nurse, has taken a break from work to care for him.
Law enforcement has charged the 84-year-old man with one count of first-degree assault and one count of armed criminal action.