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Man rents gun, turns it on himself at range

ORLANDO — A man fatally shot himself after renting a gun at an Orlando shooting range.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said Valentin Pepelea, 43, of Canada rented a gun Wednesday night at Rieg's Gun Shop. After firing at targets, he shot himself in the head, deputies said.

This is the fourth self-inflicted shooting at a Central Florida gun range since April, and there was a case in Delray Beach last month.

Last month, a woman was injured when she tried to shoot herself at East Orange Shooting Sports east of Winter Park.

On April 5, an Altamonte Springs woman with a history of mental problems shot her 20-year-old son and then herself at Shoot Straight in Casselberry. He died at the scene, and she died at a hospital.

Three weeks later, a 26-year-old committed suicide at the same range.

Man rents gun, turns it on himself at range 07/02/09 [Last modified: Thursday, July 2, 2009 10:00pm]

    

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