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A California college student died after being shot by a pellet gun at a fraternity party, according to officials.
Will Molina, a senior at Sacramento State, had passed out at an off-campus Pi Kappa Alpha gathering Friday when an unidentified pal fired a pellet gun at his chest, news station KTXL reported.
First responders told dispatchers the 21-year-old was accidentally shot around 3 a.m.
“He was shot in the chest with a pellet gun, went unresponsive and is now in cardiac arrest,” officials could be heard saying in a dispatch call, according to news station KOVR.
Molina was transported from the house to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries, authorities said.
School officials confirmed the Pi Kappa Alpha member’s death in a statement, saying grief counseling will be available to students.
“I am heartbroken over the loss of this young man, and I know that the Hornet Family mourns with Will’s family,” Sacramento State President Robert Nelson said. “Our hearts go out to Will’s friends and family, and we are working with family on arrangements to honor his memory.”
No arrests have been made, but charges may be filed against the friend who fired the fatal shot.
“It’s a very tragic incident, however, for me to call it an accident, I can’t do that,” Sacramento Police Officer Linda Matthew told KTXL. “So that’s where it’s going to come from the district attorney.”