Thursday, March 10, 2016

"Gun Sense" Mom, Somerset Kentucky luminary, an idiot at Waffle House. It can happen to you.

Man shoots self in gun store

GREENFIELD, IN  (3-9-16)   A Hancock County man shot and killed himself Wednesday morning inside a local gun store, police said.

Brent Smitley, 46, of McCordsville, visited Highsmith Guns in Greenfield Wednesday to use the shooting range but turned the gun on himself, police said.

Greenfield Police Department officers and medics from the Greenfield Fire Territory were called to Highsmith, 123 N. State St. around 10:45 a.m., after an employee called 911 to say a man had been shot.

Smitley had been at the store for about 20 minutes before the shooting, and he interacted with Highsmith staff only to complete the paperwork required to use the range, police said.

Smitley was pronounced dead at the scene, and detectives immediately began investigating the man’s death as a suicide, Greenfield Police Chief John Jester said. There was no indication the death was an accident and no indication the man had plans to hurt anyone else, Jester said.

Smitley had a note with him indicating that his actions were purposeful, Jester said.

Highsmith has an 11-lane shooting range inside its facility that is open to the public during regular business hours, according to the business’s website. Other customers were using the range and witnessed the suicide, officials said.

Mark Noland of Arlington was one of those witnesses.

Noland told the Daily Reporter he didn’t speak with the man, but nothing about him appeared to be out of the ordinary, he said.

Somerset businessman Correll injured in accidental shooting

SOMERSET, Ky. (3-9-16) - Many will tell you that they believe Ward Correll is responsible for a lot of what Somerset is today.

“We are so fortunate to have a visionary like Mr. Correll, we certainly wish him a speedy recovery,” said Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce executive-director Bobby Clue.

Police say Correll was home alone just after midnight Wednesday morning when they believe he accidentally shot himself. He called a relative, who then called 911.

“When the EMS units arrived the residence was locked from the inside, so they were forced to make entry into the residence,” said Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck.

Correll was rushed to the Somerset hospital, then UK where he’s listed in critical condition. Police were called, which is protocol in all shootings. No foul play is suspected and the sheriff isn’t speculating on why Correll was handling the gun.

“At the hour of the night, you know, he could have heard a noise, I can’t speculate,” Speck said.

Relatives say they believe the shooting was also just an accident. They say they are hoping and praying for a full and speedy recovery.

Correll is well known for building Cumberland Lake Shell and other businesses. But Clue says he’s just as well known for giving money away….as he is for earning it.

“Every day there’s stories of people coming to him for assistance, he is always happy to provide that,” said Clue.

In fact, WKYT interviewed Correll in April 2005 after he donated land for what became Somerset’s water park and Cal Ripken ball fields.

“We know the most important thing on this planet after Jesus Christ is the children, and we are giving all this land, absolutely free, for the children,” said Correll in that interview.

KY man arrested after allegedly firing gun in Waffle House bathroom

PADUCAH, KY (3-9-16) A Marshall County man was arrested Wednesday as he attempted to leave town, and was charged with discharging a firearm in the restroom of a local restaurant.

Paducah police were contacted March 2 by an employee of Waffle House restaurant on Lone Oak Road, and told that a man had fired a gun into the wall of a restroom the previous night.

The employee said there were four customers in the restaurant at the time, but none of them were injured.

Det. Nathan Jaimet began an investigation and determined Travis R. Shrum 24, of Calvert City, was a suspect.

Jaimet learned that Shrum was planning to leave Paducah on a Greyhound bus bound for Seattle, WA, Wednesday morning.

Officers met Shrum at the bus station and took him into custody.

During an interview at the police department, Shrum admitted that he had taken a friend’s .40-caliber handgun into the restaurant restroom to look at it and that it discharged.

He said he had been drinking at the time, and said alcohol played a role in the accidental discharge.

During a search prior to booking Shrum into jail, Jaimet found Zanaflex and Clonapin tablets and a marijuana pipe in Shrum’s possession.

Shrum was lodged in McCracken County Regional Jail.

He has been charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree criminal mischief, illegal possession of a legend drug and third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Employees find bullet hole at local restaurant

CORPUS CHRISTI (3-9-16) Cops were notified yesterday afternoon by employees of a restaurant in the 4100 block of Leopard Street, after they found a bullet hole in the front window of the business.

Officers were told by employees that they found broken pieces of glass on the floor and tables inside the restaurant, along with a piece of bullet fragment.

Cops say the estimated damage to the restaurant is around $1000.

Action 10 News has been told by authorities that at this time, no suspects have been identified

Boy, 4, accidentally shoots mom, Jamie Gilt an outspoken gun rights advocate (update)

Jacksonville, Fl (3-9-16) A Jacksonville woman and staunch gun-rights advocate was accidentally shot in the back by her 4-year-old son Tuesday afternoon as they were riding in a truck in Putnam County, authorities said.

The woman was hospitalized in stable condition and investigators are still trying to determine just how the youngster got hold of the loaded .45-caliber handgun, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

Jamie Gilt, 31, told deputies she and her son were on their way to a family member's Putnam County home to pick up a horse when the accident happened.

The incident has ignited an online war of words because Gilt is a self-avowed gun-rights advocate. A note on her Facebook page, which is called Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense, reads: “This is a page to connect people that share a common goal. That goal is to protect and expand our 2nd Ammendment rights.''

A post by Gilt on March 7 reads, “Even my 4 year old gets jacked up to target shoot with the .22.''

Postings on her timeline denigrate gun control advocates, President Obama and liberals.

A second Facebook page appeared on Wednesday. Called Jamie Gilt's Son, it shows a photo of Gilt holding a child and a long gun. A note on that page read: This page exists to commemorate the pinpoint accuracy of the 4-year old son of "Gun Sense" expert Jamie Gilt.

A Putnam County deputy patrolling State Road 20 just after 3 p.m. Tuesday said he saw a truck that was stopped partly in the travel lanes close to the intersection of Rowland Avenue, according to a news release.

When the deputy slowed down to check on the truck, which was towing a horse trailer, he noticed a woman in the driver's seat who motioned to him for help.

He ran over, saw she had been shot and made an emergency call before providing first aid until paramedics got there, according to the release.

The only other person in the truck was the woman's 4-year-old son, who wasn't hurt.

Gilt was taken to a hospital, where the sheriff's office said she was in stable condition.

Putnam Sheriff's Capt. Joseph Wells said the bullet went through Gilt's seat, entered her lower back and exited through her abdomen.

“It was a tragic, unfortunate incident,” he said.

There was a booster seat in the truck but the boy wasn't in it when the deputy reached the vehicle, Wells said.

The Sheriff's Office's victim services specialists are working with the boy and his family, and the Florida Department of Children and Families has been notified.

Law enforcement is still investigating how the gun was stored in the truck, but the Sheriff's Office's primary concern is to assist the boy and his family, according to an update the agency issued Wednesday. Officials do know Gilt legally owned the gun involved and her son ended up in possession of it without her knowledge.

Detectives haven't gotten a chance to interview Gilt yet because of her medical condition and no decision on whether to file criminal charges will be made until after they do, the Sheriff's Office said.

People can be charged with a misdemeanor if they have a loaded gun on premises under their control and reasonably should know a minor is likely to gain access to it there but do not properly store the weapon or leave it in a secure place as required by law.

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