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Wednesday
Sep072011

Missouri Couple Found Dead in Alleged Shooting Range Murder-Suicide

John Foxx/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- A Kansas City, Mo., couple who met through a dating website were found dead Tuesday at a shooting range in an apparent murder-suicide. The woman is the alleged victim, police said.

Bambi Hilburn, 38, had only known Victory Ocampo, 42, for two months, but the mother of two was in high spirits when she called her sister, Christy Gregor, the day before her death.

"She was telling us how happy she was and how everything was going great for her in her life," Gregor said through tears. "She said he treated her like a queen and kept saying, 'I'm so happy. This is the happiest I've ever been.'"

Hilburn had recently come out of a bad 20-year relationship, and Ocampo was the first person she dated since her breakup, Gregor said. Hilburn leaves behind two daughters, ages 5 and 16, who are being cared for by her sister.

The couple had driven 20 minutes to the Bullet Hole shooting range in Overland Park, Kan. Police said they received a call reporting a suicide at around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday morning, but upon arriving at the scene, they determined that the deaths were a murder-suicide.

"We don't believe there was anyone else involved. Everything indicates that they were there together," Matthew Bregel, the public information officer for the Overland Park Police Department, said. "At this point, the police report lists the crime as murder in the first degree and the female party as the victim."

Bregel said that the small indoor facility has four shooting lanes that are sectioned off into separate areas, but he was unsure whether a centrally located desk could supervise all four areas.

When a medical squad arrived, both people were pronounced dead at the scene.

This is not the first time the Bullet Hole has been the site of deadly shootings. In March 2010, a man committed suicide at the range and three others killed themselves there in 1997, according to the Kansas City Star newspaper.

The Bullet Hole did not respond to requests for comment.

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Thursday
Nov182010

Twins' Double-Shooting at Colo. Shooting Range Was Result of a Suicide Pact

Photo Courtesy - ABC News (DENVER) -- The double-shooting of Australian twins at a Colorado shooting range was the result of a suicide pact made between the sisters, investigators said Thursday.

"Based on the physical evidence collected, the surviving sister's statements, and video surveillance footage from the shooting center (which will not be released) the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office believes that this incident was indeed a suicide and attempted suicide," said a statement released by the sheriff's office.

The two women, 29, had been living in Colorado for five weeks. Their relatives began traveling to the U.S. Wednesday to determine which of the women is dead. Police have been unable to determine which of the identical twins was killed.

Both of them were shot in the head. One died instantly and the other was rushed to a hospital in critical condition where she has been unable to talk to investigators since the shooting Monday.

The women, whose names won't be released until it's clear which one was killed, were simultaneously shot Monday after renting pistols at the Family Shooting Center in Cherry Creek State Park, south of Denver.

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Wednesday
Nov172010

Cops Baffled by Twins' Double-Shooting at Colo. Shooting Range

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(DENVER) -- Family members of two Australian twins shot at a Colorado gun range are traveling to the U.S. to determine which of the women is dead after a mysterious double-shooting that has baffled investigators.

Both of them were shot in the head. One died instantly and the other was rushed to a hospital in critical condition, where she has been unable to talk to investigators since the shooting Monday. Police have been unable to determine which of the identical twins, 29, was killed or how the shootings occurred.

Police are unsure of who shot the gun or guns, whether the women each shot themselves, shot each other, or if one shot her sister and then herself.

"We don't know what happened. Each new piece of information creates a new possibility," said Capt. Louie Perea, spokesman for the Arapahoe County Sheriff.

"The unfortunate thing is there is video, but it doesn't show the shooting, just the women falling in the stall. The shooting was not captured," he said.

The women, whose names won't be released until it's clear which one was killed, were simultaneously shot Monday after renting pistols at the Family Shooting Center in Cherry Creek State Park, south of Denver. Both women rented small-caliber pistols and were inside the same shooting stall at the range.

"There is no one else nearby," Perea said. "No one appears to be walking towards the stall or away from it. They were the only two individuals in the stall."

"The crime lab is processing all the evidence and it could take weeks," Perea said. "The coroner has yet to finish his report. There could be additional ballistics tests, if need be."

Perea said it was unclear whether they had both been killed by the same bullet, adding that there was no evidence that a single bullet had ricocheted in the stall.

"According to the owner, they seemed jovial and happy," Perea said.

The two women had arrived in Colorado in late summer on cultural exchange visas. They were slated to return to Australia the next day, Tuesday, Nov. 16.

The shooting range has seen its share of suicides in the past. A man killed himself there in 2009 and another person in 2003.

Doug Hamilton, the range owner, told ABC affiliate KMGH-TV that the requisites for renting a gun are similar to those for purchasing a handgun.

The Australian Consulate in California has made arrangements for the family to travel to the United States to identify the deceased sister.

Police are not optimistic that the surviving sister, still in critical condition, will ever recover enough to explain what happened.

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