Two teenage girls were shot in a Portland, Tex., park Friday. Mollie Judith Olgin, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene; her girlfriend, 18-year-old Mary Kristene Chapa, survived after suffering a gunshot wound to the head. Hikers found the girls in a patch of tall grass Saturday morning.
Portland Police Chief Randy Wright told MSNBC that no motive for the attack has yet been established. A bullet casing from a large-caliber gun was found at the scene, Wright said, but no weapon has been recovered. “If we had a name, you know, we’d be having a different conversation right now. But we have not been able to gather enough information to identify a suspect yet,” said Wright, “It appears as if … this was not just a random attack but that’s something that we really have to develop over time.” However, Wright added, there is currently nothing to indicate that the attack was a hate crime: “Information from family and friends indicates that Mollie and Mary were engaged in a same-sex relationship. However, there is no current evidence to indicate the attacks were motivated by that relationship.” According to friends and family members, Olgin and Chapa had been together since February, and their relationship was generally accepted by those around them.
According to Wright, after the discovery of Olgin and Chapa in the park, witnesses came forward and said they heard sounds that could have been gunshots or fireworks Friday night, but did not report them.
Police are working on gathering information in this case. Chapa remains hospitalized in stable condition, but has not yet been interviewed about the events of Friday night.