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Wichita-area teen killed at underage drinking party

A 14-year-old girl was shot to death Friday night at an underage drinking party in Augusta, Kan., and the man hosting the event was arrested in her death, police said.

The victim was identified as Andrea M. Young of Augusta, a 14-year-old freshman at Augusta High School.

A 25-year-old man who was hosting the event has been arrested and booked into the Butler County Jail on a count of involuntary manslaughter, Augusta Police Chief Tyler Brewer said.

Brewer said officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 900 block of Wirth shortly after 10 p.m.

"When we got inside the house to secure it, we found a young female dead at the bottom of the stairs with a gunshot wound to the head," he said.

Although most of the partygoers left before officers arrived, Brewer said interviews determined that 20 to 30 people had attended the party. Throughout the evening, Brewer said, the host was brandishing a rifle and what appeared to be a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol.

"He was showing it off, and that made a lot of people nervous," Brewer said. "Some people inside the home were uncomfortable."

Brewer said he did not know what led to the pistol being fired, but he said it did not appear to be premeditated.

Charges against the suspect are expected this week.

Counselors will be available at Augusta High School this morning to help students mourning the death of Young.

A school official said Sunday night that adults at the school will be paying close attention to any grief her peers may express.

"Principals will be meeting with the staff first thing in the morning," said John Black, deputy superintendent of the Augusta school district. "They will be giving teachers instructions on how to visit with the students."

The high school has approximately 700 students.

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