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Man Shoots Himself at NRA's NASCAR Race

Alcohol may have been involved
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2013 7:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – This probably wasn't the kind of visibility the NRA was looking for when it decided to directly sponsor its first NASCAR event. A 42-year-old racing fan shot himself in the head at the NRA 500 Saturday night in Texas, the New York Post reports. Kirk Franklin was in a pickup truck in the infield where he was viewing the race with friends when he pulled the trigger around 10:30pm. Police say alcohol may have been involved, and there had been an argument within his group. The area was quickly cordoned off; a number of people witnessed the incident, but no one was harmed. (Read more NASCAR stories.)

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