Gun Shop Owner Killed Accidentally by Student

Handgun went off mistakenly during concealed carry class in Ohio
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 19, 2016 10:07 AM CDT
Gun Shop Owner Killed Accidentally by Student
The owner of an Ohio gun shop was accidentally shot to death Saturday afternoon by a student in a concealed weapons class.   (Shutterstock)

Authorities say the owner of an Ohio gun shop teaching a concealed carry class was fatally shot in the neck by a student who accidentally fired a weapon, reports the AP. James Baker, 64, was shot Saturday while students practiced weapon malfunction drills. The Clermont County Sheriff's Office says about 10 people were taking the class at the time at KayJay Gun Shop in Monroe Township, about 25 miles southeast of Cincinnati.

Baker died at the scene. The student who fired the weapon hasn't been identified. "He was a friend to everybody," a neighbor tells the Cincinnati Enquirer. "If it snowed, he'd get everybody's driveway." According to the gun shop's website, the concealed carry class included basic pistol safety instruction, shooting range sessions, and a review of Ohio's gun laws. The Clermont County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting. (Read more shooting death stories.)

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