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GBI: Dodge woman's fatal shooting probably accidental
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The GBI said a fatal shooting on Christmas Day probably resulted from four friends playing with a handgun.

That's according to Bill Bodrey, assistant special agency in charge of the GBI's Eastman office.

Rachel Pittman, 21, died after the shooting and three friends now face charges in the case.

The shooting reportedly happened around 3 a.m. on Christmas Day and Pittman died around 9:30 p.m. that night.

Bodrey said Pittman apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He said the four friends apparently were passing the gun around and pulling the trigger, believing that it was not loaded.

Pittman's friends said that she was always happy, outgoing, and a loving person.

"A good person, said Kristen Johnson. "Good hearted."

"Always had that big smile, said Johnson's aunt, Angela Johnson, who said she considers Pittman like another daughter.

"Yeah that smile could brighten anybody's day," her niece said.

"It's a tragic way for anyone's family to spend Christmas. That's certain. I'm just praying for the families," Angela Johnson concluded.

Janie Wilcox was another long-time friend of Pittman's, who was unable to hold back tears.

"It doesn't seem like she's gone," she said.

Bodrey said investigators are still trying to sort out the situation.

The GBI said:

  • Timothy Harrell, age 26, is charged with illegal possession of a firearm and tampering with evidence.
  • Matthew Rowland, age 17, is charged with leaving the scene of the shooting and tampering.
  • And Virginia Wilkerson is charged with making a false report of a crime.

Coroner Joe Smith said an autopsy is scheduled for Pittman.


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