20-year-old shot by homeowner in his Hebron, New York, driveway : NPR
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
A 20-year-old woman was shot and killed by a homeowner in upstate New York on Saturday after the car she was in accidentally drove to the wrong address, local authorities said Monday.
Kaylin Gillis and three of her friends were trying to find another friend’s house in it rural Hebron, New York when they mistakenly pulled into the home of Kevin Monahan, according to Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy.
They quickly realized their mistake and were turning the car around when Monahan stepped onto his porch and fired two shots, one of which hit Gillis.
Short on cell phone signal, her friends drove five miles to the town of Salem to call 911. Emergency responders performed CPR on Gillis but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Monahan has been charged with second-degree murder and remains in custody at the Warren County Jail, the sheriff said. It is not clear if he has retained a lawyer.
He was initially uncooperative with investigators, refusing for several hours to come out of his residence or answer questions, the sheriff said.
Murphy summed up the case as a “very sad” incident involving an “innocent young woman.”
“It was clear that there was no threat from anyone in the vehicle. There was no reason for Mohnahan to feel threatened,” he said.
He added that he was not aware of any interaction between the passengers and Monahan. No one got out of the vehicle, which was only in the driveway “for a very short time,” he said.
It is also not uncommon for drivers to turn onto the wrong property in the area. Hebrona hilly farming region nestled in the shadow of the Adirondack Mountains, recorded a population of 1,786 in the 2020 census.
“It’s a very rural area. There’s dirt roads. There’s not a lot of cell service or any kind of internet,” the sheriff said.
Gillis was from Schuylerville, NY, roughly 18 miles away from where she died.
The shooting happened just a few days later a 16-year-old was shot through a glass door from an 84-year-old man in Kansas City. teenagers, Ralph Yarlhe was trying to pick up his siblings when he mistakenly approached the wrong house.