One injured in self shooting at Mammoth gun range

Mono County Sheriff’ Office news release

On Friday, June 15, 2018, at 9:08 am, Mono County Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call reporting a shooting at the second gun range east of the geothermal plant.

A 53-year old man and his 15-year old son, both from Orange County, were shooting targets with a .22 caliber rifle and a 9mm handgun.

For undetermined reasons, while shooting the 9mm handgun, the son shot himself.  The son was transported by Mono County paramedics to Mammoth Hospital, where he was stabilized.  Due to the severe nature of his injuries, the son was flown to a trauma hospital in Reno.

Mammoth Lakes Police Department immediately responded and held the scene of the shooting for the Mono County Sheriff’s Office and the Inyo National Forest law enforcement.

Our preliminary investigation determined that the firearms were legally possessed and properly registered by the father.  Both father and son had experience with the weapons being used.  We will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident, but there is no indication of any foul play at this time.



8 Responses to One injured in self shooting at Mammoth gun range

  1. BobK June 19, 2018 at 5:41 am #

    What kind of a person would vote “thumbs down” on the last 2 comments?… You need professional help!

  2. Pat June 16, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

    This was a friend of mine and his son , please hold your off base and disrespectful comments to yourselves.what the family needs is your prayers and support.
    Thank you.

    • Verne June 18, 2018 at 5:41 am #

      Pat, everyone involved has my prayers

    • Tinner June 18, 2018 at 4:51 pm #

      Pat, how is the kid doing? And mom and dad too?

  3. Tinner June 15, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

    Firearms require our full attention, I hope he’s okay.

  4. David Dennison June 15, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

    In this day and age of mullinials and irresponsible people,young and old,the day would NEVER come for me to EVER go to a shooting range…there are so many places around this area to shoot and target practice where nobody is around with little to no danger of getting shot.No thanks to a shooting range with a bunch of people and loaded weapons around and within feet of where your standing.

    • Tinner June 16, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

      Sure Low-Inyo, you can do that, I just hope you don’t accidently shoot anyone or anything, like unsuspecting cyclists, off roaders, hikers and their dogs and don’t forget to pick up your casings and targets.

      • David Dennison June 18, 2018 at 7:12 am #

        Tinner….silly things to say to me there…When I choose to shoot or target practice,I’m very aware of my backdrop.. I don’t stray-away from that thinking if I happen to see a moving object nearby.And if you knew me,I don’t leave my trash behind for others to clean-up.When I choose to take the rifle and pistol out,it’s preferring to do it safely on my own,with no one around,not needing to show-off or show-off my fire-power to others,or be around a bunch of people I know nothing about with guns in their hands.Some people like to do it that way,I’m the same with fishing,in the past 30 years of doing that,two times have I taken anyone along with me,except for my two dogs,and those two times were last year with a pretty girl.


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