MARION, Ind. (WANE) — A Gas City woman died Thursday evening after she was shot while driving in Marion.
Marion police responded to a reported accident with injuries at Mason Boulevard and Baldwin Avenue just before 6 p.m.
When officers got there, the woman driving one of the vehicles was unresponsive. They began trying to resuscitate her until medics got there.
Medics took the woman, identified as 19-year-old Annalysa Nikole McMillan, to a hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead. An autopsy found she died of a gunshot wound to the back, and her death was ruled a homicide.
During the investigation, police said Wednesday that a back seat passenger – 22-year-old Austin M. Smith – was holding an “assault style rifle” when the .223 caliber rifle discharge, sending a projectile through the driver’s seat and into McMillan’s back. The vehicle crashed into another vehicle after the shot.
Smith was arrested on preliminary charges of felony Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon and Reckless Homicide.
Other passengers Arial Williams, 19, and Dakota Enyeart, 18, were not hurt in the incident.
The Marion Police Department is still investigating the shooting.