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Lahaina woman kills self in handgun training class

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:29 a.m. HST, Jul 08, 2013

Maui police are investigating the shooting death of a 44-year-old Lahaina woman Sunday afternoon at Ukumehame Firing Range.

Police said the victim, after loading a .22-caliber revolver, placed the barrel of the gun under her chin and pulled the trigger. The instructors who witnessed the incident had no time to react before the weapon was fired, police officials said. The incident occurred at 3:40 p.m.

Police said that the woman was part of a firearms education safety class that was being conducted by Central Guns & Ammo at the shooting range.

The name of the woman was withheld pending the notification of her family.

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noheawilli wrote:
Sad, wish more people were trained and this one is tragic. Sorry for he family's loss.
on July 7,2013 | 10:17PM
allie wrote:
on July 8,2013 | 08:12AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Never start a family drama at a firing range.
on July 9,2013 | 04:25AM
2NDC wrote:
I'd like to hear what the RSO and instructor(s) have to say about the incident.
on July 7,2013 | 10:47PM
hikine wrote:
First rule: Never aim a gun at anyone! No horseplaying around weapons
on July 7,2013 | 11:02PM
noheawilli wrote:
That's what I was taught, you are correct.
on July 8,2013 | 12:03AM
stogie002 wrote:
I was taught "ALWAYS treat a weapon as if it is loaded ALWAYS. That is RULE #1! We have all heard about accidents involving firearms and the above rule cannot be stressed enough. All weapons should be checked and cleared by instructors prior to the weapon being brought onto the firing range. My heart goes out to the family, but this accident was TOTALLY avoidable. Complacency and weapons don't ever mix with good results.
on July 8,2013 | 06:53AM
Anonymous wrote:
I agree with your rule #1, however to say the accident was totally avoidable is quite broad. Maybe it was on purpose and that was the only way she could get a gun. Also, we all know how fun squibs and hangers are so that could be a possibility but we can't count on SA to deliver that kind of accuracy.
on July 8,2013 | 08:51AM
Tea Valley wrote:
There was an incident years ago at Kokohead where an experienced shooter took a friend to the range and he used the gun to kill himself, but these occurrences are rare. We'll all have to wait and see when SA gets more info, or check other news websites.
on July 8,2013 | 09:16AM
kahu808 wrote:
I believe it was deliberate. Nothing range officers or others could do as it sounds like it happened quickly.
on July 8,2013 | 04:20PM
copperwire9 wrote:
The woman "...placed the barrel of the gun under her chin and pulled the trigger." That says suicide to me.
on July 8,2013 | 02:30PM
TigerEye wrote:
Looks like a suicide to me. But, we'll know more when we know more.
on July 8,2013 | 12:34PM
hikine wrote:
I agree, sounded like a suicide if she intentionally shot herself. Maybe they should have psychological evaluation before a class.
on July 8,2013 | 01:11PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Hopefully there will be more information released on what transpired and if there was negligence on the instructors or the student in order to prevent another tragedy from reoccurring....
on July 8,2013 | 01:32AM
Dolphin743 wrote:
There is no way to stop someone with a loaded firearm from intentionally shooting herself if she doesn't want to be stopped.
on July 8,2013 | 12:46PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Yes, but yesterday's article didn't indicate that the woman intentionally place the barrel of the gun under her chin and pulled the trigger.....usually firearm incidents are from failing to follow safety regulations and improper supervison on the range....
on July 8,2013 | 01:27PM
kahu808 wrote:
Being that she just got out of the classroom portion of the class, she clearly violated Rule #1 and #2.
on July 8,2013 | 04:23PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
No kiddin.....
on July 8,2013 | 07:14PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Treat a weapon with more caution than a smartphone.
on July 8,2013 | 04:05AM
onevoice82 wrote:
Yes, no texting while shooting!
on July 8,2013 | 05:27AM
mikethenovice wrote:
And don't hold a live gun against your head.
on July 9,2013 | 04:22AM
Oahuan2 wrote:
Except if you wish to kill yourself as this woman apparently did. A smartphone would not have helped her achieve her goal.
on July 8,2013 | 09:33AM
cojef wrote:
She is a drama queen, who wanted to out with a bang.
on July 8,2013 | 10:01AM
Slow wrote:
Reason # 47 about why we need lots more guns. Sad accident or...? Really no matter. Guns = death.
on July 8,2013 | 07:31AM
thepartyfirst wrote:
Guns do not kill people.
on July 8,2013 | 09:52AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Yes they do.
on July 8,2013 | 02:30PM
peum wrote:
So do cars...and a lot of other things.
on July 8,2013 | 03:50PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Greasy foods too!
on July 9,2013 | 04:23AM
bullturd wrote:
Is this yesterdays paper? Cheeez...No updates from yesterday??? DANG!!!
on July 8,2013 | 08:40AM
Tea Valley wrote:
When I took my certification class, we almost got shot by a knucklehead that ricocheted a round off an iron rail. The same guy left a round chambered after ejecting the clip on a semi-automatic handgun. He did not receive his certification and was not allowed to buy the gun he had reserved at the store. Accidents can and do happen. Sad and tragic story.
on July 8,2013 | 09:09AM
mcc wrote:
What an interesting article. This really tells me a lot. This paper never ceases to amaze me with their cub reporters calling articles news.
on July 8,2013 | 09:14AM
cojef wrote:
The leading sentence of the article is very misleading. Read twice and could not tie it to the 22 year old????
on July 8,2013 | 09:59AM
mongoosa wrote:
"a year old Lahaina woman"?
on July 8,2013 | 09:59AM
phyllum69 wrote:
Sounds like this was no accident - she knew exactly what she was doing. Hard pressed to say it could have been prevented.
on July 8,2013 | 11:03AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Correct. From the story as written it appears there was nothing anyone could have done. Sounds like a suicide.
on July 8,2013 | 11:51AM
copperwire9 wrote:
I'm no fan of our handgun-related industries, including classes like this one. That said, I feel so horrible for the people who watched this happen. There they were trying to teach people how to use handguns safely, and the woman did this horrific thing in front of them. . . .She abused them in the way she chose to end her life. I send condolences to the employees as well as the woman's family.
on July 8,2013 | 02:28PM
Mana07 wrote:
Staradvertiser...can you please publish a list of words that make you send a comment for approval. Your moderation is ridiculous and we all know the direction in which you lean
on July 8,2013 | 07:32PM
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