July 28, 2012 in City

Spokane man wounded while target-shooting

Staff reports

A Spokane man was wounded in the shoulder today by shrapnel from an exploding target, officials say.

Ronald Kiima, 50, of Spokane, was with several people target shooting south of Steptoe, Wash. They were using Star Targets, which are designed to explode when struck by bullets, a news release from Whitman County Sheriff’s Office said.

The exploding targets are legal to use, but investigators said the targets were not being used at their recommended minimum distance, and a metal box placed near the target ripped apart, “sending shrapnel in all directions.”

Kiima was transported by helicopter to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

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