Man kills himself at Rt. 22 gun range

Published on 26 Jun 2006 at 8:05 am. No Comments.
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Staff Writer Courier News

NORTH PLAINFIELD — A man shot and killed himself Sunday at the Ray’s Sport Shop firing range, Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne J. Forrest said.

Russell Atkind, 30, of New York City had come to the sporting goods store on Route 22 West with a family friend, Leroy Blank of West Caldwell, North Plainfield police Chief William Parenti said.

Atkind had been firing his .357-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver at a bull’s-eye target at about noon when he pointed the gun toward his head and fired one shot.

Parenti said another person saw Atkind shoot himself. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Forrest said Atkind’s death was ruled a suicide.

A sign stating “Range is closed” was posted on both doors to the store Sunday afternoon. An employee who opened the store’s doors declined comment.

Daniel Winters, who was shopping in the store for camping gear, said a line of yellow police tape blocked off the hallway leading to the shooting range. He said a few people were behind the police tape.

“There were police in the store, but I didn’t think a lot of it because they (the store) sell uniforms,” Winters of Bridgewater said.

The side exterior of the store advertises Ray’s inventory and features: “Guns & Ammo. Archery. Fishing. Reloading. Camping. Clothing. Police Equip & Uniforms. Indoor Firearms Range.”

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