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Woman dies after apparent accidental shooting at gun range, police say
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Woman dies after apparent accidental shooting at gun range, police say

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STOCK Police - Merrillville

MERRILLVILLE — A woman has died after being wounded in an apparent accidental shooting at a gun range, police said.

The woman was pronounced dead at a hospital after she was taken off of life support, said Assistant Police Chief Kosta Nuses said. Nuses said that she died Dec. 31 and that the investigation is ongoing.

Authorities have not released the woman's name or place of residence. The Lake County coroner's office did not immediately respond to The Times' inquiry Friday afternoon.  

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Nuses said because the investigation is still active, no further information can be released. No charges had been filed as of Friday relating to the incident. 

Merrillville police were dispatched about 6:40 p.m. Dec. 22 to Shoot Point Blank in the 8700 block of Louisiana Street for a report of a gunshot victim, police said. 

Officers arrived and found a woman had been shot in the head inside the gun range, he said.

Two off-duty paramedics, who happened to be in the range, immediately administered first aid for the woman. They continued until on-duty paramedics arrived and took the woman to a hospital, he said.

Police reviewed video footage from the range and determined the shooting appeared to be accidental, Nuses said. There was no indication of "malicious intent," he said.

Merrillville police said more details will be released as the investigation continues. 

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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194, anna.ortiz@nwi.com

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