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Ariz. woman accidentally shoots, kills brother while posing for pictures on New Year's Eve

A 19-year-old woman was part of a group of people posing for photographs with the gun when it discharged and struck her brother. KPHO

Police at a Phoenix, Ariz., apartment complex where they say a woman, 19, accidentally shot and killed her brother, 22, while they posed for pictures with a gun on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012
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(CBS/KPHO) PHOENIX - Police say a 19-year-old Arizona woman accidentally shot her 22-year-old brother to death on New Year's Eve while the two were posing with a gun for pictures.

Manual Ortiz died after being shot by his sister, identified by various media reports as Savannah Ramirez, at an apartment in Phoenix around 6 a.m. Monday, CBS affiliate KPHO reports.

According to the station, Ortiz and his sister had arrived at the apartment after a party at another location and began playing with a handgun, according to Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department.

The pair were posing for photographs with the gun when it discharged and Ortiz was struck by the bullet, Martos reportedly said. There were three other people in the apartment, one of whom witnessed the shooting. The other two people were in a different room.

According to KPHO, Martos says the 19-year-old was questioned and released pending further investigation and test results. However, according to ABC, Martos said that if toxicology results show that Ortiz's sister was intoxicated at the time of the accident, she would likely be charged with manslaughter.

"Every New Year's Eve this sister will be thinking about this the rest of her life," Martos said, according to KPHO.

  • Casey Glynn

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