|The Wild West Shooting Centre at West Edmonton Mall. (TOM BRAID/QMI Agency)
EDMONTON -- An employee at an indoor shooting range subdued a client who had shot himself in the neck at the range Tuesday night, the range’s co-owner said.
Flora Kapsch, co-owner of the Wild West Shooting Range at West Edmonton Mall, says a man in his 50s purchased a range pass and a box of 9mm bullets from the range at about 8 p.m.
The man was later escorted to the range by a “highly trained” supervisor.
Under the range’s policy, each shooter must have an employed supervisor with them at all times.
Kapsch says the man fired away aiming at a target at the range, but during his last five rounds, he began to point the gun off range. The supervisor then ordered him to point the gun down the range.
“(The supervisor) intervened and tried to control the muzzle,” Kapsch said.
A struggle ensued and Kapsch says shots were fired into the roof.
“By the time I got to the range, he was pinned by the (supervisor) and a second (supervisor) assisted by holding him down,” said Kapsch, who said the man shot himself in the neck.
“We just tried to stop the bleeding. There wasn’t a lot of blood coming out.
“During the event, we were trying to provide him with first aid, but he kept saying ‘let me go. I want to die.’”
The man is in hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police say.
Edmonton police Staff Sgt. Derek McIntyre says cops will be investigating events that led to the shooting. Police say the man’s wound was self-inflicted.
“(Staff) did an excellent job making sure no customers were hurt,” Kapsch said about his employees. “I’m, very proud of what they’ve done.”
The incident is also being investigated by the Alberta Firearm Safety Centre.
Kapsch said the man had never been seen at the range before.
There have been two suicide attempts in the past at the shooting range. One was successful in 2007.