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3 Men Arrested In Connection With Fatal Shooting of 7-Year-Old Girl

HEBER CITY, Utah — Police have arrested three men in connection with the shooting death of a 7-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet while inside her Utah home Friday night.

According to Danny Rodriguez, the child’s father, she was getting ready for bed when she was hit by the stray bullet. Rodriguez said he was working the overnight shift when he got a call from his son saying his daughter was on the floor asking for help.

He rushed home from work and rushed his daughter to the Heber Valley Hospital where officials said she died of her injuries a short time later.

Police arrested Christopher O’ Connell, 34, on Saturday on suspicion of manslaughter. He is also facing other drugs and weapons charges.

Two other men, 36-year-old Colin David Howells and 21-year-old Trever Joe Pinter, were also arrested for alleged crimes, but not directly for the girl’s death.

According to arrest documents, Howells and O’Connell were inside Pinter’s apartment which was next door to the girl’s family’s apartment.

When police responded to the shooting, they found O’Connell nearby. According to police, his speech was slurred, he was not complying, and he had a handgun on him.

Detectives say they found a bullet hole in the wall of the apartment the three men where in. The bullet hole continued into the girl’s family’s apartment.

Detectives also spoke to two women who were with the men that night who said O’Connell and Howell sexually assaulted them in the apartment. The women also said O’Connell was waving a gun around at one point.

O’Connell admitted to being under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs the night of the shooting.

In additional to the charge of suspicion of manslaughter, O’Connell was also charged with possession of marijuana, intoxication, carrying a weapon under the influence, and possession of a weapon by a restricted person.

Howells was booked on suspicion of sexual battery and intoxication. O’Connell, however, was not booked for sexual assault, although the police report states that the women accused both men of doing so.

Pinter was arrested for obstruction of justice because police say he interfered with the investigation.

Pinter is allowed to be released on $1,500 bail with certain conditions, and Howells is as well with bail set at $2,000.

O’Connell was ordered to be held without bail.

GoFundMe page was set up to help the 7-year-old’s family transport  her body back to Puerto Rico.

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