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Man commits suicide in front of children during gun safety class

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, March 14, 2013 16:00 EDT
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A 50-year-old man shot and killed himself in front of a group of people, including children, who were attending a gun safety class Sunday in Bellevue, Washington, according to The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Brian J. Parry reportedly used a pistol provided to participants to end his life in front of about a dozen people. A coroner’s report issued earlier in the week ruled his death a suicide, the Intelligencer noted.

The shooting took place at the West Coast Armory, which bills itself the state’s “premier indoor shooting range” at 31,000 square feet, featuring state-of-the-art shooting stalls and “NRA certified Range Safety Instructors” present at all times.

“We have a welcoming environment for both the serious, well trained shooter, as well as the novice firearm enthusiast that wants to learn how to safely handle a handgun,” the company’s website says.
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(H/T: Talking Points Memo)

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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