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Man dies after accidentally shooting himself during gun shooting competition

By Mason White 11:43 AM June 16, 2017
Shooting range (illustration)
Shooting range (illustration)
By: Mason White

A man from Canada, lost his life in a freak accident at a shooting competition.

The name of the man was not released. However, police confirmed that he was a 50-year-old man from Vancouver.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in British Columbia, said officers were called to the Kamloops Target Sports Shooting Complex on West Trans Canada Highway.

Officers found that a man accidentally shot himself in the torso at a handgun competition.

Jim Sloper, president of the Kamloops Target Sports Association, said that the man just fumbled his gun when it fell. As he tried to grab it, the gun fired and hit him.

Witnesses immediately began providing first aid and the man was taken to the hospital, where he died of his injuries.

“Injuries are exceptionally rare in shooting competitions,” Sloper said.

“The competition was a two-day event attended by about 120 people from around the world. They competed by shooting several targets and judges looked for speed and accuracy.

“A number of security protocols are in place, including range officers who shadowed competitors to ensure safety,” Sloper added.

Sloper said that he has competed in shooting events around the world and has never heard of a similar incident.