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Woman shot in head, man says he thought gun was unloaded

He didn’t think the gun was loaded when he pulled the trigger.

But a 23-year-old woman is dead after Henderson police said Colin Lowrey put a handgun to her head and shot her Tuesday morning at his residence.

Lowrey called 911 about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and said that a gun had accidentally gone off and that the woman had been shot in the head at the house in the 700 block of Taliput Palm Place, near Gibson and Sunset roads.

The woman was in the house with Lowrey and his three roommates when Lowrey began to play with his handgun, according to police.

At some point, Lowrey put the gun to the woman’s head and pulled the trigger, police said. He told police that he thought the gun was unloaded at the time. The weapon is registered in his name, police said.

The woman was transported to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center where she later died.

Residents in the quiet Henderson neighborhood were shocked to see police cruisers crowding and blocking the streets Tuesday morning.

“This is an extremely quiet neighborhood,” said resident Gabe Barlaj on Tuesday night. “The planes flying overhead are usually the only disturbance here.”

Other residents said the young men in the house, who they said had resided there for less than a year, were usually very nice, but had a tendency to hold large parties.

“Every time we saw them, they were pretty cool,” said one resident who did not want to be identified. “They were very nice. They just kind of partied a lot.”

Lowrey was arrested after the investigation “indicated his actions directly led to the woman’s death,” according to a report from Henderson police spokesman Keith Paul.

Lowrey was booked into the Henderson Detention Center on one count of murder. Police said it is up to the district attorney to determine the official charges.

The identity of the woman will be released by the Clark County coroner’s office pending notification of next of kin.

This was the seventh homicide in the Henderson Police Department’s jurisdiction this year.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to call the Henderson Police Department at 702-267-4750, or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-555 or online at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

Contact reporter Colton Lochhead at clochhead@reviewjournal.com of 702-383-4638. Follow @ColtonLochhead on Twitter.

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