June 14th, 2007 08:02 AM
Parapleic Man Shoots Himself in My Old Gun Range
I haven't heard what the exact circumstances were, and whether it was intentional or not. It's a sad thing to happen, especially at a range. Champion Firearms (and Mike, the owner) do not deserve any bad press. They're all very professional there, and take steps to promote range safety.
Police: Man fatally shoots himself at College Station gun store
By ARENA WELCH
Eagle Staff Writer
A 76-year-old paraplegic fatally shot himself inside a College Station shooting range Wednesday morning, authorities said.
College Station police Lt. Rodney Sigler said Robert Wilson was at Champion Firearms on Texas Avenue South just after 11 a.m. Wednesday when the incident occurred.
Two of Wilson’s family members were in the range and witnessed it while another customer was nearby, said Mike Stulce, president and co-owner of Champion Firearms. It was unclear how Wilson was related to the pair.
Wilson had frequented the nine-lane shooting range at least once a month for more than 14 years even after it moved, Stulce said.
“He was a long-time customer and a good friend,” he said. “I’m sad. We’re going to miss him, but I understand the circumstances, too.”
Crime scene tape roped off much of the parking lot in front of the shooting range Wednesday morning as officers and detectives interviewed witnesses in front of the business.
Employees at nearby Starbucks and Sprint stores said they didn’t know anything had happened until officers converged on the scene.
Wilson was pronounced dead at the College Station Medical Center with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Sigler said, declining to say where the wound was located.
One or two customers were in the store during the shooting, Stulce said, adding that he wasn’t at the store when the shooting occurred.
A detective said Wilson recently moved into a nursing home in the area.
For more on this story, read tomorrow’s edition of The Eagle.
June 14th, 2007 08:10 AM
I guess that's what some people's lives come to. I don't know why he was a paraplegic; some people can handle that happening in their lives and some can't. (That is, IF that was why he shot himself.)
It's just that shooting yourself, putting your loved ones through the trauma of the aftermath of such an act, that's truly cruel and inconsiderate.
I myself have never known anyone who ended up committing suicide (though I have a friend who sometimes has considered it, because stuff in his life is really rough right now, but he's remaining strong somehow). I look at it this way: I'll have all of eternity to be DEAD, later on! Why not live for as long as I naturally can, now?! Make a fraction: put the length of your life over the length of eternity. If you live 35 years, or 35,000 years, it's still infinitessimal in a ratio against eternity. Might as well eke out as much time as you can!
Any person who would end it like this, well, I guess if they can put their family through that, it must be proof of how beaten down they felt.
June 14th, 2007 08:26 AM
Sad for all involved, The rate always goes up during the Christmas
"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
- Sir Winston Churchill
June 14th, 2007 09:33 AM
Interesting, the reporter "updated" the article in the website:
Bold is mine
Two of Wilson's family members were at the range and witnessed the suicide,
and another customer was nearby, said Mike Stulce, company president and co-owner.
You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
Ego will kill you. Leave it at home.
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