Valparaiso man kills self inside gun range

2010-07-14T00:00:00Z 2010-12-22T14:03:46Z Valparaiso man kills self inside gun rangeBy Ken Kosky ken.kosky@nwi.com, (219) 548-4354 nwitimes.com
July 14, 2010 12:00 am  • 

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.

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