Woman Dies After Being Shot at SC Gun Range

Police investigating after Sarah Bonner shot in eye
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 29, 2016 1:03 PM CST
Woman Dies After Being Shot at SC Gun Range
Sarah Bonner   (GoFundMe)

A woman who was shot in the eye at a South Carolina gun range earlier this week has died, the AP reports. Sarah Bonner died early Thursday after being on life support for several days, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore told local media. The 24-year-old from Georgia was shot Monday afternoon at Skip-J Range while visiting friends and family for Christmas. Deputies said range members were target practicing at the time. An autopsy is being done, and the bullet will help show which gun fired it, Shore said.

Investigators are still trying to determine whether the shooting was an accident, said Anderson County Sheriff's Lt. Sheila Cole. Range owner Jerry James believes it was. He says it's the first accidental shooting at the private pistol and rifle club since it opened 24 years ago. He said the range's safety protocols are "serious," and accidents shouldn't occur if they're followed. The club's members can use the range without supervision. Members have the combination to the range's gate lock to use the range from 9am to dark Mondays through Saturdays. Its 10 separate bays consist of dirt berms down both sides as well as at the end, according to the range's website. The range re-opened Tuesday. (Read more gun range stories.)

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