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Three men arrested in connection with shooting 7-year-old Heber


HEBER CITY, Utah — Police have arrested three men in connection with the death of a young girl who was hit by a stray bullet in her home Friday night.

According to relatives, 7-year-old Zaydanielys Rodriguez Irizarry died at a local hospital after suffering a gunshot wound. Her father says the bullet came through the wall of their apartment.

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Christopher Robert Oconnell, 34, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of manslaughter, as well as other possible charges.

Two other men, 36-year-old Colin David Howells and 21-year-old Trever Joe Pinter, were also arrested for alleged crimes, but not directly for the girl’s death.

When police responded to the girl’s family’s apartment in Wasatch Commons in Heber City, they found Oconnell nearby. Detectives say his speech was unclear, he disobeyed and carried a gun.

Police said the three men were together in one of the adjacent apartments that night. Detectives also spoke to two women who were with the men. The women told police that Oconnell brandished a gun at one point.

During their investigation, police say they found a bullet hole in the apartment wall that continues into that of the 7-year-old’s family.

Oconnell admitted to being under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Detectives also say they found marijuana in the apartment where the bullet hole was found, adding that it was “in the same room and within range” of firearms.

Howells was arrested on suspicion of sexual harassment and drunkenness after the women told police that he and Oconnell had sexually assaulted them at Pinter’s apartment. However, Oconnell was not arrested for assault, although the police report states that the women accused both men of it.

Oconnell’s additional counts include possession of marijuana, intoxication, carrying a weapon while intoxicated, and possession of a weapon by a restricted person. Court records show that he pleaded guilty to drink-driving in 2017.

Pinter was arrested for obstruction of justice for interfering with the investigation, according to police. Howells also faces a charge of drunkenness.

Pinter may be released on bail of $1,500 under certain conditions, and Howells may also be released on bail of $2,000.

Oconnell had to be held without bail.

The suspects have not yet been officially arraigned in court.

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