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Twins shot in head at firing range

Twin sisters from Australia were both shot in the head at an outdoor Colorado shooting range, killing one of the women and leaving the other critically injured, authorities said.

Arapahoe County officials have not released the identities of the victims found on Monday at the range at Cherry Creek State Park south of Denver. Sheriff's Capt Louie Perea declined to release the sisters' hometown or other information until their family was notified.

Capt Perea said investigators aren't sure who fired the gun or guns, or whether the same bullet hit both sisters, who were in the same shooting lane. The sisters had taken a taxi to the range and had been there for more than an hour when they were shot.

Capt Perea said it is unclear whether the surviving sister would sufficiently recover to be able to provide information to investigators.

Investigators were working with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to determine how long the sisters had been in the United States.

"We're looking at the last several days she was alive, see where they were and we want to confirm some facts," Capt Perea said.

The sisters had a small-calibre weapon at one of the lanes where shooters line up behind a wooden wall and shoot through an opening that resembles a window, Capt Perea said. There was no apparent indication of a dispute between the sisters or anybody entering or leaving the area.

Surveillance cameras captured patrons' reactions to the shooting, but not the shooting itself. A patron notified range officials of the shooting.

Range owner Doug Hamilton told The Denver Post that the women showed no outward signs of trouble or duress when they arrived at the shooting range.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade later said the twins were from Victoria state in southeast Australia.


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