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Update: Man accused of shooting girl then self has died

The 18-year-old man which the Saline County sheriff says shot a 16-year-old girl in the head before turning the gun on himself has died after being taken off life support. He has been identified as Jessie Carter.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The 18-year-old man which the Saline County sheriff says shot a 16-year-old girl in the head before turning the gun on himself has died after being taken off life support. He has been identified as Jessie Carter.

The girl's name has not been released but she is expected to survive.

Sunday morning's double shooting rattled a quiet East End neighborhood.

"It's a good neighborhood. There's rarely any trouble here anymore," says David Cicirello.

But, at 8:30 Sunday morning, after already putting out a small fire at the home on the corner of Chicot Road and Barnes Drive, Saline County deputies got another call and found a 16-year-old girl shot in the head.

Neighbor David Cicirello is friends with her family.

"They seem like nice people. Really nice people," he says.

While he did not hear gunshots, or anything out of the ordinary after the fire, he says things like this usually don't happen in East End.

"I'm just shocked. Like I said, I knew the little girl and it's just shocking that somebody would do something like that," he says.

After the fire, the girl and her two younger siblings stopped by to get a change of clothes to spend the day at the lake. The Saline County Sheriff says the girl went into her bedroom where the 18-year-old was waiting.

"He shoots her twice. Takes off running down the street and get over on Barnes and shoots himself," says Sheriff Bruce Pennington.

Pennington tells FOX16 the teens knew each other and had a history of drama.

"The young man from Grant County had been wanting to date this young lady, and, she didn't want to, the family didn't want to. So, you know, we've been out here before on this type situation where this young man was here, and we had to escort him off the premises because the family didn't want him here," says Pennington.

Sheriff Pennintgon also thinks the families did everything they could to prevent violence.

"Some people just can't take no for an answer, and, you know, I don't if it's love or if it's whatever it may be, but this was the end result," he says.

"Who would think if you really cared about somebody that they would shoot you. I mean, it doesn't make sense. It's a warped mind, period. It's just one of those things that you can't plan for," adds Cicirello.
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