A 30-year-old Army veteran was killed Saturday while trying to get photos or video of people firing guns at an unofficial shooting range in Alaska, KTVA reports. State troopers arrived at a place known to Sutton locals as the gravel pits to find someone performing CPR on Adam Malaby, who was pronounced dead after being transported to the hospital. A trooper spokesperson tells the Alaska Dispatch News it's unclear how many people were firing guns when Malaby was shot, but it appears his death was accidental after he "stepped in the line of fire." An investigation is ongoing, and it's currently unclear whether Malaby had permission to take photos or video of the shooters, according to the AP.
A man who lives nearby wasn't surprised to hear someone was shot at the gravel pits. “I figured it was only a matter of time with all that goes on up there, so many people shooting and so many indiscriminate directions without really any rules or guidelines,” he tells KTVA. Another man says he used to go to the gravel pits but stopped after he experienced bullets whizzing in his direction. “There’s usually never a firing line established," he says. "Add alcohol and ATV riders to the mix, and you can easily see how it’s an accident waiting to happen.” Just prior to Malaby's death, the Sutton Community Council met to discuss regulating the gravel pits to make them safer. (Read more guns stories.)