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Laguna Hills man shoots self at Orange gun range in apparent suicide

An indoor firing range
An indoor firing range
Photo by mckone.jonna via Flickr Creative Commons

A man went to a shooting range in Orange this weekend with suicide in mind rather than target practice, authorities report.

Kenneth Matthew Wells, a 32-year-old Laguna Hills resident, went to Evans Gunsmithing Shooters World, located at 1637 N. Brian Street, on Saturday afternoon, Orange police Sgt. Dan Adams told the Orange County Register. A little before 1:30 p.m., other shooters at the firing range saw Wells fall to the ground. He was discovered dead from a single gunshot to the head.

Police called to the scene said a suicide note was found in Wells’ pocket. The case is being ruled a suicide, Adams said.

On its website, Evans Gunsmithing Shooters World, or EGSW, describes itself as the largest indoor shooting range in Southern California, boasting “on-site gunsmiths, and gun sales, and we carry a wide assortment of accessories and ammo.”

The site also features prominently displayed quotes by Founding Fathers and the Bill of Rights intended to demonstrate an activist notion of Second Amendment gun rights, such as this one by James Madison: “Americans need not fear the Federal Government, because they enjoy the advantage of being armed, which you possess over the people of almost every other nation.”