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Audio: Colorado Springs teen reportedly shot climbing through basement window

By Andrea Sinclair Updated: December 24, 2013 at 4:22 pm

A 14-year-old girl was reportedly entering her home through a basement window when she was mistaken for a burglar and shot by her stepfather, according to police dispatch call archives.

The girl, whose name has not been released by authorities, later died at a Colorado Springs hospital.

Police received the burglary call at 5:57 a.m., according to a statement from police spokesman Larry Herbert.

"Burglary in progress, 4037 Ascendant Drive, homeowner saying that they shot the suspect, unknown where the suspect was,” the dispatcher reported to police officers en route.

A minute later, the dispatcher provided additional information.

“Now reporting party is saying that may have been their daughter coming through the window and they don’t know if she was shot,” the dispatcher said.

Police acknowledged the information and rushed to the home off Peterson Road. The dispatcher confirmed the weapon in the home was “put away,” and three minutes after the call first came in the tragedy continued to unfold.

“It looks like the daughter is shot in the stomach and in the chest, she’s now in the basement,” the dispatcher said.

According to the recording, AMR arrived at the home a few minutes later and the girl was taken to Memorial Hospital Central, where she died of gunshot wounds.

The stepfather’s name has not been released by police, who cited an ongoing investigation, Herbert said.

Falcon School District 49 spokeswoman Stephanie Wurtz confirmed the girl was a Vista Ridge High School freshman, but did not provide her name.

On a memorial Facebook page created Tuesday for the teen, friends remembered her as someone who “lit up the room with her smile.”

No arrests had been made as of Tuesday; the case will be reviewed by the District Attorney’s office.

Anyone with information can call police at 444-7000.

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