In a tragic incident in Hebron, New York, 20-year-old Kaylin Gillis was fatally shot by a homeowner after she and her friends mistakenly arrived at his property. Kevin Monahan, the 65-year-old homeowner, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
According to Washington County Sheriff Jeffrey Murphy, Gillis was traveling with three other individuals to a friend’s house in upstate New York when they mistakenly approached Monahan’s residence. As the group attempted to turn their car around, Monahan emerged and fired two shots, one of which struck Gillis.
Following the shooting, Gillis’ friends drove to the neighboring town of Salem and contacted emergency services. Despite the efforts of emergency crews, who administered CPR, Gillis was pronounced dead.
When law enforcement officers arrived at Monahan’s property to investigate, he initially refused to leave his home. Authorities communicated with Monahan for about an hour before he was finally taken into custody.
Monahan has been booked into the Warren County jail, and it remains unclear whether he has legal representation.
Sheriff Murphy, during a news conference, emphasized that Gillis was an innocent young woman who was simply spending time with friends, searching for another friend’s house. He also stated that there was no reason for Monahan to have felt threatened in the situation.
This tragic event occurred just days after another incident in Kansas City, Missouri, where 16-year-old Ralph Yarl was shot and injured after mistakenly arriving at the wrong house while attempting to pick up his younger siblings.