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Girl, 14, mistaken for burglar, killed by stepfather in Colorado Springs

December 23, 2013 Updated: December 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm
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Colorado Springs Police officers take down caution tape outside of a house in the 4000 block of Ascendant Drive where a 14-year-old girl was mistakenly shot by her stepfather Monday at their home in northeast Colorado Springs, Colorado on Monday, December 23, 2013. (Kent Nishimura, The Gazette)

A 14-year-old girl mistaken for a burglar was fatally shot by her stepfather Monday at their residence in northeast Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs police said.

According to a statement from police spokesman Larry Herbert, the shooting happened just before 6 a.m. on the 4000 block of Ascendant Drive, off North Carefree Circle and Peterson Road.

"The initial call came in as a burglary-in-progress," Herbert said.

The girl was taken to an area hospital where she died of gunshot wounds.

The names of the girl and her stepfather will not be released by police, citing an ongoing investigation, Herbert said.

No arrests have been made; Herbert said the District Attorney's office will release any findings or updates.

Anyone with information can call police at 444-7000.

Check back at gazette.com for more on this story.

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