Man accidentally shoots, wounds gun range owner

By Gary Klien MEDIANEWS STAFF SAN RAFAEL -- A Concord…

By Gary Klien
MEDIANEWS STAFF

SAN RAFAEL — A Concord man who was taking his 12-year-old son on his first trip to a shooting range Monday accidentally shot and wounded the range’s owner, police said.

The incident occurred at 6:15 p.m. at the Bullseye Precision Indoor Shooting Range on Andersen Drive in San Rafael. Police said the customer, Joseph Moore, 49, unintentionally fired a .22-caliber rental gun, hitting proprietor Bill Byrd in the abdomen.

Byrd, 42, who did not lose consciousness after the shooting, was taken to Marin General Hospital. He was in stable condition Monday night, a nursing supervisor said.

Moore, is not suspected of wrongdoing, said San Rafael police Sgt. Jonathan Bean.

The boy and the boy’s 25-year-old uncle were standing near Moore when the gun went off. Neither was injured.

“He fumbled with it and accidentally pulled the trigger,” Bean said. “He lost his grip.”

Moore had promised to take his son to a shooting range after his 12th birthday because the boy showed an interest in guns, Bean said.

Moore said he has never been involved in a shooting accident before.

“Not remotely,” he said, declining further comment.

The range remained open for business after the shooting.

Bullseye employees said children 7 years old and up are allowed at the range as long as they are supervised by a parent or guardian.

The last shooting at the range occurred Aug. 31, 2006, when a 28-year-old San Francisco man intentionally shot himself to death. Four fatal
shootings, all self-inflicted, have occurred at the range since it opened in 1993.

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