TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC4 News) – Unified police believe photos and videos posted to Snapchat that have since been deleted will help them in a shooting death investigation. The warrant issued by police to Snapchat for those posts has been made public.
Kaylissa O’Leary, 17, died from a gunshot wound to the middle of her forehead, according to police. The incident happened during a house party in Taylorsville.
According to Sgt. Melody Gray, Unified Police Department, O’Leary’s death is “classified as suspicious.” Police aren’t sure if O’Leary “was holding that gun and it accidentally went off, if it was intentional or if someone else had that gun, and again, if it was accidental or intentional.”
In the warrant, which was unsealed on Friday, a witness told detectives “he observed two partygoers posing with guns in their Snapchat stories just prior to the shooting.”
The document goes on to say there was another story with one of the partygoers in a vehicle and the rear passenger in his vehicle pointed a firearm at the phone.
“he heard the female (referencing O’Leary), was playing with a gun and it went off,” the documents state. “When the seven people left the residence, they took the gun with them.”
Police said they believed the Snapchats with the guns has been deleted since the shooting.
“Snapchat still has it,” said Sgt. Gray. “Even though when we look at a snap it disappears, that information is still actually there.”
If you have any information in this case, you’re being asked to call the Unified Police Department at (801) 743-7000.