Australian twins shot at Colorado firing range

AURORA — Authorities are trying to determine how twin sisters from Australia were both shot in the head at a Colorado shooting range — and which sister died and which is critically injured.

The 29-year-old women were shot at an outdoor shooting range at Cherry Creek State Park south of Denver Monday. Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Capt. Louie Perea said Tuesday their family has been notified, but their names haven’t been released because investigators don’t know which sister died.

“They look very similar,” Perea said.

Investigators haven’t been able to talk to the survivor, who is in critical but stable condition in an area hospital.

The coroner is trying to identify the sister who died through fingerprints and dental records, Perea said.

Investigators are trying to determine how both women were shot in the head. They aren’t looking for any suspects. They’re trying to sort out whether the shootings were accidental or intentional.

“Everything’s on the table,” Perea said.

No suicide note was found, he added.

The women were in the United States on cultural exchange visas. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said one of the women was due to leave Tuesday, according to Perea.


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