Colorado woman fatally shot in head with her own assault rifle

By David Edwards
Friday, May 17, 2013 9:28 EDT
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Dana "Shane" Adair and Anastasia Adair
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A Colorado woman is thought to have accidentally killed herself on Thursday as she tried to show off her recently-purchased assault rifle to friends.

Federal Heights Police Department spokesperson Lt. Gary Toldness told The Denver Post that 22-year-old Anastasia Adair was drinking beer with her 40-year-old tattoo artist husband, Dana “Shane” Adair, and three other people when the incident happened in their garage where their Harley Davidson motorcycles were parked.

Toldness said that Anastasia Adair went into her home to get the rifle and then returned to the garage, but slipped or stumbled while handing it to her husband. The weapon went off, striking her in her head. Dana Adair reportedly caught his wife before she could hit the ground.

According to KMGH-TV, the gun fired a second time as Anastasia Adair fell, but no one was hit.

She was later pronounced dead at Denver Health Medical Center.

“At this point in time, we are looking at this as an accidental shooting,” Toldness explained to the Post.

“It’s not a good idea to be handling weapons while you’re intoxicated,” he pointed out. “It’s always a bad mix.”

Toldness said the assault rifle appeared to be similar to an AK-47, with a 20 to 30 round clip that was about half full.

“She had just purchased it recently … and decided to show it off,” the department spokesperson said.

KMGH-TV described Anastasia Adair as “a new gun enthusiast.” One photo on her Facebook page showed her and her husband target practicing with handguns.

[Photo: Facebook/Anastasia Adair]

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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