Monday, in Cherry Creek State Park in Colorado, unidentified Australian twin sisters were shot in the head in what authorities are calling a “suicide pact”. Sadly, one of the sisters passed shortly after the shooting, however the other sister is currently in the hospital fighting to survive. The parents of the 29-year-old exchange students are on their way to the U.S. with horrendous task of helping the the police identify which of the girls has passed and which has lived because they are unable to tell the difference.
One of the women died instantly and the other is critically injured in an incident that has left authorities baffled. The names of the women have not yet been released because investigators do not know which of the siblings is alive. ‘They look very similar,’ said Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Captain Louie Perea. Police investigating the shooting say that more than one weapon was involved and more than one shot fired. Investigators haven’t been able to talk to the survivor but it is believed the incident was a suicide pact. The coroner is trying to identify the sister who died through fingerprints and dental records, Captain Perea explained.
Although the details of the incident are still very vague the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Capt. Louie Perea is not convinced of any foul play as they are not currently searching for suspects.
There was no apparent indication of a dispute between the sisters or anybody entering or leaving the area.
Surveillance cameras captured patrons’ reactions to the shooting, but not the shooting itself. A patron notified range officials of the shooting. Range owner Doug Hamilton told The Denver Post that the women showed no outward signs of trouble or duress when they arrived at the shooting range. Mitch Hamilton, who works at the shooting centre said it was impossible to tell from the video if the women shot themselves or each other. But he said the wounds were not caused by other shooters or a ricocheted bullet. ‘[The wounds] were self-inflicted. That’s what it appears, that’s as far we can tell,’ he said.
This is a clusterfawk of epic proportions. We hope that the police can figure out exactly what happened so at least the family can have some closure to this mysterious tragedy.