Coroner identifies man who died at firing range

Published: Mar. 26, 2012 at 9:31 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Coroner's Office has identified the man killed following an accidental shooting that occurred Monday at a North Charleston gun range.

The victim is 60-year-old Benny Patterson, of North Charleston.  The coroner says Patterson died at 5:47 p.m. Monday from a gunshot wound to the chest.

North Charleston police officers responded to Trader World Gun Shop on Cross County Road around 5 p.m. Monday and located a victim suffering from a gunshot wound.

According to witnesses at the gun range, Patteron was shooting on a lane when he stopped to inspect the weapon. He turned the handgun toward himself when it discharged, striking him.

Patterson was taken to MUSC where he died a short time later.

The indoor range has been temporarily closed at Trader World Gun Range. The acting manager said he didn't know how long it would be closed.

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