Ga. teen shoots sister, 12, tries to burn down house, police say

Saturday, July 7, 2012 12:58 PM
Last updated 3:03 PM
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KATHLEEN, Ga. -- Seventeen-year-old Carmen Collins shot her 12-year-old sister, India Collins, multiple times before using gasoline to set a fire inside their Kathleen home, a sheriff’s investigator says.

The Telegraph newspaper in Macon reports that Houston County sheriff’s Lt. Jon Holland said Friday that an autopsy conducted by a GBI medical examiner in Atlanta ruled the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death as a homicide. The body has been released to the family, he said.

The two girls were alone at their Addington Drive home between 5 and 7 p.m. Tuesday when Carmen Collins used her parents’ .40-caliber handgun to shoot her younger sister in the foyer/living room area, Holland said.

Gasoline was taken from a storage shed, where it was kept to power the lawn mower, and used to start a fire, he said. The gun had been stored safely, he said.

Carmen Collins fled in the family’s 2011 Acura TL, taking with her the gun and a white poodle named Cooper, the family’s dog, Holland said.

She was arrested at about 2 a.m. Thursday during a traffic stop in Columbus, Ga.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/09/12 - 01:42 pm
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Not Well Planned

If she had gone across the Alabama line, she would likely have bought herself a few more hours or days of freedom.

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