Annalysa McMillan, 19, was driving three individuals — together with Austin Mark Smith, 22 — round Marion on Tuesday when she died, investigators stated.
Simply earlier than 6 p.m., authorities responded to the scene after they found McMillian unresponsive in her automobile, the Marion Police Department stated in a news release. Officers tried resuscitating her till she was transported to a nearby hospital, the place she was pronounced lifeless.
McMillan was shot once with a bullet from an AR-15-style rifle, police stated. Smith, who was sitting within the backseat on the driving force’s aspect of the automobile behind her, “was in possession” of the weapon when it discharged.
“The projectile entered and exited the driving force’s seat and struck Annalysa in her again,” investigators wrote. Her explanation for dying was resulting from a gunshot wound to the again and was dominated a murder.
The opposite two passengers McMillan was driving, ages 18 and 19, weren’t injured within the incident.
Mark Atkinson, lead pastor of Eastview Wesleyan Church in Gas City, the place McMillan was from, told WXIN McMillan had simply celebrated her birthday 5 days previous to her dying. He stated the girl’s final textual content message “to her stepfather was that she liked him and, these issues are glued to carry tight when every part is attempting to blow you aside.”
The pastor described McMillan as “an encouraging, bubbly younger woman who had a vibrant future and was not off course.”
Smith was charged with prison recklessness with a lethal weapon and reckless murder, in accordance with the police division. As of Sunday, he was being held within the Grant County Jail.