Coroner rules shooting death of teenager in prank gone wrong was homicide

LONGMONT, Colo. - The Boulder County coroner has ruled the shooting death of a teenager in a prank gone wrong was a homicide.

Premila Lal, 18, was hiding in a closet in a home in Longmont on Sept 6. She jumped out to scare a friend and was shot.

Lal died an hour later at a local hospital.

"An autopsy was performed and following further investigation, the cause of death was ruled [sic] gunshot wound to the chest; the manner was determined to be homicide," Boulder County coroner Emma Hall wrote.

Police characterized the shooting as "unintended and extremely tragic."

Four people involved, including the victim, were all friends or relatives ranging from ages 12 to 21, police said.

Police took the shooting suspect, Nerrek D. Galley, into custody on suspicion of giving a gun to a minor, child abuse and reckless endangerment.

He has a status hearing scheduled in court on Friday afternoon.

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