Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Las Vegas Man Dies in Target Shooting Ricochet

Local news

A man was killed in the desert northwest of Las Vegas early Monday in what police described as a target shooting accident.

David Elliot Ferreira, 29, died at the Mud Hills shooting area, according to the Clark County coroner’s office.

The area east of U.S. Highway 95 and north of Corn Creek Road, about halfway between the turnoffs to Mount Charleston, has long served as an impromptu range for target shooters.

“Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the family,” said Jennifer Haley, a temporary spokeswoman for the monument. “We never like to see this sort of thing happen on land that we manage.”

The shooting happened about 12:30 a.m. when a bullet ricocheted from a target or rock and struck Ferreira, according to Las Vegas police. Two friends who were with Ferreira tried to save him, but he died in the desert.

12 comments:

  1. No lights at the "range", so they were likely using headlights for illumination. And the range was likely close. I personally prefer shooting in the daylight. It does sound like they're still looking at it. Here is an article where they actually sent someone to where it happened.

    https://secure.fox.com/proxy/www.fox5vegas.com/story/28296699/las-vegas-man-identified-in-target-practice-death

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    1. This brings up the ricochet question again. Unless someone is standing most-ways down range towards the target and off to the side, I don't see how a ricochet can hit him.

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    2. I don't know Mike, the video seems to show a lot of nothing. I'm not sure what a medical examiner looks for to determine a ricochet. Shape of the bullet when the path in the body is taken into account?
      I'd hope there would be a close look at that sort of thing considering the circumstances.

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    3. Normally it wouldn't, Mike, but weird things happen on occasion. I've known one guy who caught a ricochet in the arm when his own shot bounced back. There was also a video online a few years back where a bullet could be heard making a whiffling noise after ricocheting and arced back, taking either the shooter or a friend of his' earmuffs off.

      When you have so many millions or billions of rounds expended each year, chances are you will wind up having a couple of bizarre incidents occur.

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    4. Mike your assuming the ricochet came from him or someone in his party...Its possible there were other groups of people in the area....This is a very large area with no one defined place to set up targets

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  2. Thinning out the gun loon heard.

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    1. This place is not range its just a pc of desert where people have been shooting for decades at all hours. While this place is ok IMO I prefer other sites around the valley for shooting. Calling it a range denotes some sort of structured organization

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    2. George, if gun loons want to kill each other off because of THEIR stupidity, it's not bigotry, and I could care less about your definition of a range, which I never brought up anyways.

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    3. When I realized I had mistakenly posted my second comment to reply instead of add comment I said to myself surely Fredsamdra is smart enough to realize I was not speaking directly to him with that comment..I was wrong I apologize..

      And Fredsamdra you are a hateful bigot...

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    4. To bad you are not one of the ones thinned out. Another example of Mike's insult blog policies.

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  3. "To bad you are not one of the ones thinned out".....Not exactly showing tolerance is it now?

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