A teen girl was fatally shot in the head while making TikTok videos in a Colorado home earlier this month, a report said.
The victim was dancing on video with two other minors when she was shot with a Glock 19 pistol on Aug. 7 inside a Monte Vista home, according to an arrest warrant affidavit reviewed by KRDO-TV.
Three suspects, including two teen girls, have been arrested in the case.
One of the teen suspects told police she saw the other suspect point and shoot the victim before tossing the gun on a nearby bed in the home, the affidavit states.
When asked if the shooting could’ve been an accident, the girl replied to authorities “it could be (an) accident.”
One of the suspects had access to the gun through her boyfriend, who owned it legally, the affidavit alleged. She then allegedly showed it to the other two girls while they were making the videos.
A TikTok video recorded moments before the shooting showed the victim dancing while a person in the background is “fiddling with something on the bed,” the affidavit reportedly states.
The victim was identified as 14-year-old Aaliyah Salazar, her family told 9 News.
Emiliano Vargas, 21 was charged with permitting or providing a minor with a firearm and the two unnamed teens were hit with reckless manslaughter and possession of a handgun by juveniles, Monte Vista police said.
The two minors could face a maximum of six years, which incensed Salazar’s relatives, 9 News reported.
“The frustration I’ve got with that is if you take a life you should have to pay for it dearly,” grandfather Gary Salazar told 9 News. “Not with a slap on the hand and say don’t do it again.”
Vargas told police he was not at the house, owned by his grandmother, when the gun was fired, according to the affidavit. Vargas and one of the suspects, his 17-year-old girlfriend, live in the home, KRDO reported, citing the arrest warrant document.
The weapon was kept out in the open on a shelf in the home, the police report stated and authorities also saw photos of minors with the gun in May of this year.
The victim and gun were both found in the same room when police arrived, but authorities don’t believe she shot herself, the affidavit reportedly stated.
with three people charged in the shooting.
With Post wires