Woman indicted in birthday shooting

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WARREN, Ohio — A 19-year-old Warren woman was indicted Wednesday on murder charges after she fatally shot a teenager at her birthday party at Perkins Park.

Lakeisha Bell, 19, was indicted by a Trumbull County grand jury on charges of murder with a sentencing enhancement for using a gun, involuntary manslaughter, having weapons despite a criminal past that disallows her from doing so, carrying a concealed weapon and tampering with evidence.

She is being held in the Trumbull County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Investigators originally said they believed the shooting was accidental.

Police said Bell was celebrating her birthday Aug. 2 at Perkins Park when she accidentally shot McKayla Hopkins, 18, in the torso.

A witness said Bell was showing the gun to party attendees when the gun went off.

Bell, at the time of the shooting, was free on $20,000 bond, after she was charged with two felony counts of aggravated drug trafficking in April.

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