A teenage girl was shot dead while creating a TikTok in Colorado, leading to the arrests of three suspects – including two teenage girls.
Aaliyah Salazar, 14, of Monte Vista, was fatally shot in the head in a house on August 7 while dancing with friends on TikToks.
Two teenage girls and Emiliano Vargas, 21, the girl’s boyfriend who legally owned the gun, were arrested in connection with the shooting. The authorities have not released the names of the minors.
Vargas was charged with allowing or providing a firearm to a minor. The two girls have been charged with manslaughter and possession of a handgun by a juvenile, police said. The girls could live up to six years.
One of the suspects allegedly told police she saw the gunman pick up the gun, point it at Salazar and fire it before throwing it on the bed at the home of Vargas’ 75 and 78-year-old grandparents, Madelyn and Waldo Padilla – where he and his girlfriend, 17, lived.
‘[Redacted] Select[ed] raised the gun and aimed it [Salazar] and shot [her]. I do not know if [redacted] knew the magazine was in the gun, but right after [redacted] shot [redacted] threw the gun on the bed,” the court documents said.
The girls told authorities the shooting could have happened [an] Accident.’
Aaliyah Salazar, 14, of Monte Vista, was fatally shot in the head in a house on August 7 while dancing TikToks with her friends. Two teenage girls and one of the girl’s friends, Emiliano Vargas, 21, were arrested in connection with the shooting
One of the suspects allegedly told police she saw the gunman pick up the gun, point it at Salazar, and fire it before throwing it on the bed. The girls told authorities the shooting could have happened [an] Accident’ and they had been given access to the weapon through Vargas
The gunman, whose name has not been released, allegedly gained access to the gun through her boyfriend, who legally owned it and showed it off to the other girls while they made TikToks.
Vargas is said to have kept the gun open on a shelf, and police said there were photos of the minor with the gun in May, according to the New York Post.
The affidavit states that a TikTok video recorded shortly before the shooting shows Salazar dancing with another minor while another is “fumbling with something on the bed” in the background.
The girls had been watching TV before the shoot and were on TikToks all day when the friend pulled the gun off the shelf and showed it to the girls. it says in the affidavit.
Salazar’s family believes the shooting was premeditated and should be punished accordingly (pictured: Salazar with her grandfather Gary)
‘[Redacted] were excited to see it and wanted to hold the gun like this [redacted] provided.’ it said.
One of the girls told police she took the “clip” before handing the gun to the other girls just before the shooting happened.
The girls admitted they didn’t try to help Salazar after they were shot because they saw Salazar “leak out” and because of “all the blood” and they “freaked out and ran out of the room to get him “. [redacted] my friend’s grandmother.”
Madelyn told authorities she was “folding laundry” when she heard a “noisy nose” and heard that [girls’] Run and scream.’
Waldo said he was “in the bathroom when he heard what sounded like a car firing back” and “screaming and crying” before telling one of the girls to call 911.
Vargas was not home at the time of the shooting as he was working at Safeway, a grocery store.
A day later, Salazar’s grandfather, Gary Salazar, told police that one of the girls called him and told him which girl shot his granddaughter, and that girl told him she was planning to report the other girl because she was “out of sheer guilt can’t sleep”. ‘
On August 9, investigators met with Madelyn again to ask her if she had any more information, after a 911 tap showed she had asked the girls who had the gun.
She told officers she would go home and ask her grandson’s friend what happened, and later in the day she and the friend arrived at the police station.
The girlfriend told police he was “ready to say who shot [Salazar]’ and explained the reason she had previously ‘lied’ was because she was ‘scared and didn’t want to [redacted] get into trouble.’
Vargas (pictured) legally owned the gun and kept it unlocked on a shelf in the room he shared with his 17-year-old girlfriend at his grandparents’ home in Monte Vista
The shooting took place at Vargas’ grandparents’ house (pictured)
The girl also told police the shooter was the “only friend”. [she] was afraid of losing,” the affidavit reads.
Several GoFundMe pages have been set up to help with Salazar’s funeral and headstone expenses
“Aaliyah was Gary’s whole world, he loved his little girl so much,” one told GoFundMe.
“She could walk into a store and come out with 20 new friends,” Gary told 9 News. “She was just that kind of person. She loved people and people loved her.’
The Salazar family now say the shooting was “intentional” and want the girls to pay for their actions.
“The frustration I have with that is if you take a life, you should pay dearly for it,” he told 9 News. ‘Not a slap on the hand and say don’t do it again.’
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11164745/14-year-old-girl-shot-killed-filmed-TikTok-dances-home-two-teenage-girls.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 14-year-old girl shot dead while filming TikTok dances at her home by two teenage girls