Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver Man Is Dead after Accidentally Shooting Himself during Pistol Contest

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver Man Is Dead after Accidentally Shooting Himself during Pistol Contest

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Man accidentally shoots himself in pistol contest

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KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A Vancouver man who fatally shot himself in the torso at a handgun competition appears to have dropped his weapon and it went off, says the president of a target sports association.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie of the RCMP in Kamloops, B.C., said officers were called to an outdoor range Sunday afternoon after the 50-year-old man accidentally shot himself.

Witnesses immediately began providing first aid and the man was taken to hospital, but he died of his injuries soon after, Shelkie said.

Injuries are exceptionally rare in shooting competitions, said Jim Sloper, president of the Kamloops Target Sports Association.

"The end result was horrific, but it's just so rare," he said. …

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