Man dies in accidental shooting at Riverside firing range, police say

From Times staff report

A 24-year-old Riverside man died Friday morning after accidentally shooting himself in the head at a local firing range, police said.

Surveillance video from the Riverside Magnum indoor public shooting range showed the man loading a handgun and appearing to inadvertently fire a single shot to his head just moments after arriving.

The video showed the man “kind of fumbling around” as if he were unfamiliar with the weapon, said Lt. Paul Villanueva of the Riverside Police Department.

Range employees give customers basic instructions before they shoot, said manager Fred Buchholz, who added that this was the first such incident at the range. “We’ve got a good safety record here,” he said. “It can happen any place.”


Authorities are investigating the incident. The man’s name is being withheld pending notification of his family.