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Henderson Man Kills Roommate, Calls It Accident

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HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — A 22-year-old man told Henderson police he didn’t believe a gun was loaded when he fatally shot his roommate.

Colin Lowrey was booked on suspicion of open murder after the 23-year-old woman was killed Tuesday. Prosecutors can decide whether the case should be charged as murder or manslaughter.

Police say Lowrey called 911 about 8:30 a.m. saying he accidentally shot the woman in the head. She was taken to Sunrise Hospital, where she later died of her injuries.

Lowrey says he was playing with the semi-automatic handgun in the house he shared with four roommates when he put the gun near the woman’s head and pulled the trigger.

The woman’s name has not yet been released.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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