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Rifle in Backseat Discharges, Killing 19-Year-Old Driver

Passenger faces reckless homicide charge
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2019 9:21 AM CST
Backseat Passenger's Gun Fires, Kills 19-Year-Old Driver
Stock photo.   (Getty/Daniel Tadevosyan)

(Newser) – A 19-year-old driver was killed in Indiana when an assault-style rifle held by a passenger in the backseat went off. Annalysa McMillan died of a single gunshot wound to the back, CNN reports. Her death was ruled a homicide, CNN reports, and a 22-year-old passenger is being held on charges including reckless homicide. Police in Marion, about 70 miles north of Indianapolis, are still investigating the death last week; a minor collision with another vehicle followed.

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"She was an encouraging, bubbly young lady who had a bright future and was heading in the right direction," said McMillan's pastor, who had recently written a recommendation letter for her, per Fox59. "The last text that she sent to her stepfather was that she loved him." (Read more assault rifles stories.)

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