Teen Shot Dead in Prank Gone Wrong
Colorado woman, 18, tried to surprise friend
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2013 2:39 AM CDT
Premila Lal, 18, was a high school track star in Longmont, Colorado.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – An 18-year-old Colorado woman who tried to surprise a friend was shot dead by the startled man, police say. Premila Lal had apparently sneaked into the house 21-year-old Nerrek Galley was staying at and jumped out of a closet Friday night. (CNN reports the Longmont home belonged to Lal's family, and Galley was a family friend.) Two witnesses, including Lal's 15-year-old brother, were present, and police say her death was "unintended and extremely tragic," reports the Times-Call.

Police say drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the death. Galley is being held on charges including reckless endangerment, but Lal's father says he feels no anger toward the man. "We lost a daughter, so we don’t want anybody else to lose their son, you know, especially when it was an accident," he tells CBS. (It wasn't the only deadly shooting this weekend: A 3-year-old girl died in Yellowstone's first fatal shooting in more than 30 years.)

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Sep 10, 2013 1:09 AM CDT
This exact same thing happened about 10 years ago to a teen who was shot and killed by her father when she jumped out of a closet to surprise him. With home invasions at an all time high, this is a very bad prank. So sad for her family, and for the shooter.
Sep 9, 2013 10:30 PM CDT
put the gun in jail, like it deserves to be.
Sep 9, 2013 9:54 PM CDT
Poor girl. Too many people on edge these days. So quick to pull a gun in every situation. The point of owning one means you're supposed to know when to use it.