Pocono Township Gun Range Worker Killed In Accidental Shooting

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    Pocono Township Gun Range Worker Killed In Accidental Shooting

    Pocono Township Gun Range Worker Killed In Accidental Shooting

    Gun range worker killed in accidental shooting

    February 15, 2008


    An employee at a shooting range in the Poconos died Thursday after suffering a gunshot wound to the face while moving guns, Pocono Township Police Chief Rick Staples said.

    Russel Stephens Jr., 38, of Delaware Water Gap, was shot with a 9 mm Uzi at the Sunset Hill Shooting Range off Route 314, Staples said.

    The accident happened at 9:40 a.m. while Stephens was removing guns from an area where they are locked up. The weapons were being taken out for another day of business, Staples said.

    During that process, he said, ''one of the guns, still loaded, went off in his face.''

    Stephens was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, where he died, Staples said.

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    Bummer.
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    And they do not check those when they are put up the night before?..sad someone had to die due to lack of safety proceedures.

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    A real tragedy - and at the gun range to boot. I wouldn't want to be the guy that put those firearms up the night before.
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    Not only safety proceedures for putting guns away - but also sadly a lack of adherence on his part toward safe handling.

    Either he should have checked clear first - and/or at very least treated rules #1 and #2 as sacrosanct and then the worst might have been a harmless ND.

    So sad - so avoidable.
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    I've been to that place on several occasions when I lived in the area. The staff there was always great. Sad loss.
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    Very sad. Sounds like he could have been "juggling" multiple guns with muzzle(s) faced toward him. I agree, so preventable.

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    Always sad. I never handle a firearm without checking it's status.
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    How many mistakes must've been made here? I don't think this qualifies as an 'accidental' shooting... Probably enough negligence to go around.

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    It's always sad when one of our own suffers a loss of life through carelessness.

    It's extra sad when a person is careless and it is so final that they will never get another chance to always be more careful in the future.

    This was the perfect example of a fatal error. You don't always get another chance to do things right when you really slip up.

    Always be careful folks.
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    looks like to safety failures. The guy that put them away and the guy getting them out.
    Hate to see the guy lose his life over something that should never have happened
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    That is a tragic event that none of us need in today's 2A fight. Complacency kills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry View Post
    Not only safety proceedures for putting guns away - but also sadly a lack of adherence on his part toward safe handling.
    Yup. A gun is always loaded ... even if being picked up from a locked case, or off a rack, or being taken out of the safe, or being handed to you by someone else. If always treated that way, such mistakes will be highly unlikely to occur.

    We know the guidelines. We practice them. We can only hope we don't have a brainfart and forget them.
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    What the rest of the story?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris s View Post
    What the rest of the story?
    ...he died.
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