Alaska Man Fatally Shot While Filming People Firing Guns At Makeshift Range

Adam Malaby

A man was fatally shot on Saturday while filming or photographing a group of people firing guns at an area commonly used as a shooting range, the Alaska Dispatch News reported.

Anchorage resident Adam Malaby, 30, was shot with a .40 caliber pistol at around 8:30 PM local time, prompting people on the scene to perform CPR, according to the newspaper.

First responders arrived shortly afterward and the Army veteran was flown to an Alaska hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the Dispatch News reported.

According to local TV station KTVA, it was not immediately clear if Malaby had permission to take footage of the shooters.

Alaska State Troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain told the Dispatch News that the shooting appeared to be accidental and that the agency’s investigation was ongoing. The area of Sutton, Alaska where the shooting occurred is not an official gun range, but is often used for target practice, DeSpain said.

Local resident James Meyer told KTVA that the fatal shooting did not come as a surprise.

“I figured it was only a matter of time,” Meyer said. “With all that goes on up there, so many people shooting and so many indiscriminate directions without really any rules or guidelines.”

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