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Pinellas Park police investigate suicide at gun range

Published Nov. 25, 2013

PINELLAS PARK — Authorities are investigating the suicide of a man they say rented a firearm from a gun range, then performed target practice before turning the weapon on himself.

The shooting happened about 3 p.m. Saturday at Shoot Straight, a gun range at 12000 U.S. 19 N.

Pinellas Park police spokesman Sgt. Brian Unmisig said "a number of people" were in the facility at the time. He didn't know whether any of them witnessed the shooting, but said that several people were present in the aftermath.

"We believe it's a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Unmisig said. "Indications are it was intentional. We don't believe it was accidental."

Investigators conducted interviews on the scene Saturday. He said the body is at the medical examiner's office while authorities work to contact next of kin.

The man's name has not been released.