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.
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