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Posted on 07/13/2010 2:11:07 PM PDT by KeyLargo
Man kills self inside Valpo gun range
By Ken Kosky firstname.lastname@example.org | Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 4:00 pm
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso police said a 60-year-old Valparaiso man shot himself to death Tuesday afternoon inside the gun range at Blythe's Sport Shop, 2810 N. Calumet Ave.
The man, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus after the shooting for treatment of a gunshot wound to the head. He died a short time later, according to Porter County Coroner Bob Schulte.
Valparaiso police spokesman Sgt. Michael Grennes said the man was in the range test-firing a handgun belonging to Blythe's when he turned the gun on himself. He fired a single shot to the head, Grennes said. Grennes said the man obtained the gun by expressing interest in buying it.
Grennes said all indications are that the shooting was not an accident, that the man intentionally shot himself.
The shooting occurred about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday and the man was transported by Valparaiso Fire Department medics.
This has happened 3 times over the years at the range I go to.
Yeah, why use your own gun when you can rent one?
The GunGrabbers are gonna have a field day with this one.
I know a small local range that had it happen twice within a short period. It makes me avoid ranges anymore.
Wonder what “lead” him to do that?
It was the only target he could hit.
What if you had a members only range? Would there be a good way of doing that? That would be cool to build a members only range
Remember, there are no “do overs” in suicide. Once it is done, its DONE. Then you’ll be facing the Almighty and will have to give account for everything you have done or said in your life.
That scenario is far more fearful for me than anything in this life.
I always check my six (for those unfamiliar with the term), it means beware of what is going on behind you when you are at the range. I keep a fully loaded pistol on me when I am shooting other firearms as some insurance in the event some guy decides to go postal when I am reloading my weapons on the range. Or in the event that someone tries to do a stick-up of me or others on the range in order to get weapons.
My local range would doesnt allow / strongly discourages a single person coming in and renting a gun all by him or herself anymore. Too many incidents like this.
The neighborhood they were located in was better advertisement for “Hey, maybe I need a gun?” than anything else I have seen.
They had a standard policy that if you came to the range alone, they will NOT rent you a gun. I read the sign and immediately knew that it was to avoid this type of situation.
If a guy has his own gun, he doesn't need to rent yours, or come to your place of business to shoot himself. If a guy is coming in with a friend, he most likely isn't going to blow out his brains with the gun you rented to him.
Blythe's should adopt a similar policy. Keeps down on having to clean brains off plate glass windows.... brain leaves streaks!
Yeah. Generally any ranges that rent guns or let you try them out have these suicides. The problem is they make money selling guns so if they cut out people testing them - it hurts business. Not a fun business to be unless you can afford a really big operation.
Probably an old guy with no money and no hope. This economy is brutal on seniors or people nearing retirement.
The majority of these cases involve gun rentals - but not all (like that batshit-crazy woman who killed her own son at a range last year or so).
I understand. I get really spooked sometimes so I stopped going. Cowboys with 1911s and .44s who get sloppy. People not paying attention to gun safety.
The fear that some poor soul like this man wants to end it. The guy at the range said if you ever encounter it - don’t try to stop them.
Texas Thunder Range in San Antonio. Nice facility, WAAAYY too expensive, and you have to buy their indoor ammo - can’t bring in your own. At $20 -$23 a box for my .40, I opted to go back outside.
There have been 4 of these in the Milwaukee area this year.
“Probably an old guy with no money and no hope. This economy is brutal on seniors or people nearing retirement.”
Elderly and Expendable
Posted By Tait Trussell On June 17, 2010
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The Democrats, in fact, have stiffed the countrys seniors: ranging from multi-billion dollar cuts in Medicare  to driving physicians to drop seniors as patients by delaying  and cutting federal reimbursements to such medical specialists as cardiologists and oncologists, who treat the biggest killers of seniorsheart disease and cancer.
The disdain toward seniors has included cuts in home health care  and payments to hospitals to new taxes on medical devices  on which many seniors depend. Add to this: increases in the medicare tax  on some working seniors and cancellation of the traditional cost-of-living boost to Social Security checks  for 2010 and 2011.
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Older people, seniors and baby boomers who voted for him really screwed themselves.
I was vacationing in New Hampshire a couple of years ago and rented a handgun. However when I went out to the firing line I discovered next to me were some punks with an AR15 fully auto that they rented. I saw them getting a quick lesson from the counter guy beforehand. I didn’t fire a shot. I turned around and told the guy behind the counter to give me my money back. I can’t believe that they allow that on a range.
Eff! If I lived in Milwaukee it might be an option. I have never been but I heard it was a nice town a LONG time ago.
so you’re saying he had a real head for it?
Whoa! That would scared me and I would have left too. I always check all around because so people are not careful.
I bet the range liked it cause the kids probably burned through a lot of .223 ammo.
“test-firing a handgun belonging to Blythe’s when he turned the gun on himself.”
Yep. It works.
Some people were never meant to be born. They know nothing but despair their entire lives. Then they die (usually by their own hands) and get an eternity of additional torture.
Best solution is for everyone to stop having kids but there is no hope for the ones already here.
I guess it all depends on what the meaning of “buying it” is.
He “bought it”, alright.
Boy, attempting an armed robbery at a gun range. Talk about having brass ones.
I was just there, a couple weeks ago with a couple of my friends, because its close to them.
God rest his soul. I hope he is at peace now.
Were you at the manchester firing line? I used to shoot there every week when I lived in Nashua years ago. Great FA rentals.
I arrived at the MFL about 3 hours after a suicide one time. The place was already cleaned up and you would have never known it had happened.
People are going to kill themselves. Restricting rentals doesn’t prevent suicide anymore then childproof asprin bottles. It’s tragic, but inevidable.
All it would do is raise the cost of suicide by the membership fee.
Just what is it that you’ve done in your life that makes you fear death so much? Don’t you look forward to meeting Him?
Bear in mind that even Elijah, Isaiah, Daniel, etc were “trembling” in the face of the Lord. Most of the apostles were afraid as well (”Who is this man, that even the seas obey him!”).
Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, as the proverb goes.
It may be inevitable, but if I were a range owner, I'd rather it be carried out elsewhere.
I am sure others have pointed this out but many ranges utilize a mandatory “buddy” system with no rentals to lone individuals.
I will admit that I admire the Lord, I certainly don’t fear him. Why would I worship anyone who I’m afraid of? I guess our religious beliefs are worlds apart. I feel that if you’ve led a good life then there is no need for this fear you speak of.
“Porter County Coroner Bob Schulte says the man’s death was caught on camera, which shows the man shooting himself. No one was with him, but there were bystanders in the area.”
Man, 60, shoots self in head at Valparaiso range
A Valparaiso man shot himself to death on Tuesday while test-firing a handgun at the Blythe Sports Shop shooting range, in what the Porter County Coroners Office is calling a suicide.
Valparaiso Police did not release the mans name.
The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m., Cpl. Mike Grennes of the VPD told the Chesterton Tribune on Tuesday, after the 60-year-old man entered the store at 2810 Calumet Ave. purportedly to shop for a handgun. The man chose a handgun of unspecified make and model and asked to test-shoot it at the range, Grennes said, and once inside the range shot himself in the head.
Coroner Robert Schulte said that the man first fired several test shots with the .357 caliber handgun and then turned around and used the gun on himself.
Valparaiso Fire Department EMS personnel transported the man to Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus, where he was pronounced dead at 1 p.m.
Schulte has ruled the mans death a suicide.
Schulte said that the incident was recorded by a surveillance camera installed in the range and witnessed by bystanders but that the man came into the business by himself.
No autopsy has been ordered, Schulte added, but the results of a toxicology screen are pending.
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