WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) -- A Grand Rapids woman took her own life at the Silver Bullet Firearms shooting range at 5121 S. Division Avenue in Wyoming.
Through the Freedom of Information Act, 24 Hour News 8 obtained the police report about the October 7 incident.
A single entry on a MySpace.com page posted May 10 showed Holly Shea, 29, was having suicidal thoughts. She described herself as "angry"...a hairstylist suffering from "depression." She even mentioned attempting suicide three weeks earlier.
Shea asked a friend to go with her to the shooting range to "blow off some steam." Her friend agreed and said Shea had been feeling depressed about a recent breakup with her boyfriend.
When they arrived at the range Shea filled out a range use registration form and rented a Beretta 92 semi-automatic pistol. Shea's friend did not go into the shooting area but observed Shea from outside the bulletproof glass.
Shea's gun jammed several times as she shot at the target set up seven feet away. Another shooter inside the range helped her three times to get her gun working properly.
At one point Shea turned and mouthed the words "I love you" to her friend through the bulletproof glass. Shea's friend said he then saw Shea put the gun to one of her temples and fired the fatal shot.
An online search shows gun range suicide is more common than you might think, with more than a million entries on Google.com. Many of the articles raise questions about gun range safety laws and if there are enough precautions in place to prevent suicides.
24 Hour News 8 put those questions to firearms legal expert and defense attorney Paul Ledford. He has taught concealed pistol license classes at Silver Bullet Firearms for several years.
"It's also one of the best self-regulated facilities that I've been in or have seen," said Ledford.
Ledford points out several safety measures in place at Silver Bullet Firearms, including bulletproof glass, separate shooting pods, ammunition restrictions, and the use of a detailed registration form that checks for mental illness. He said Silver Bullet Firearms also has a range officer to monitor activity inside the shooting area.
"My experience has been that if someone wants to commit suicide it doesn't matter where they do it. They can do it anywhere," Ledford said.
Officials at Silver Bullet Firearms declined to comment.
We contacted Wyoming's state Representative Kevin Green who said it's an unfortunate incident but does not think further legislation would have prevented it.
Representative Michael Sak declined to comment.