Man dies after Kamloops shooting competition accident

By James Peters
June 12, 2017 - 8:10am Updated: June 12, 2017 - 12:41pm

KAMLOOPS — A Vancouver man is dead after an accident at a Kamloops shooting competition.

Kamloops RCMP say the man was participating in a pistol competition at the Kamloops Target Sports Shooting Complex on West Trans Canada Highway yesterday.

Investigators say the man lost control of his firearm and it fired a shot into his torso.

Bystanders administered first aid until BC Ambulance attendants arrived and rushed the victim to Royal Inland Hospital.

He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says this type of accident is almost unheard of.

"A gun range is one of the safest places to be," said Shelkie.

"There are a lot of rules and restrictions and monitoring done. I've never heard of anyone being injured on a firing range before. This was a very tragic accident."

Police have identified the victim as a 50 year old man from Vancouver.

A social media post has identified the victim as Dr. Richard Cho.

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