Customer killed when rifle being worked on at gun range accidentally fires

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Joshua Luke Cummings was accidentally shot and killed at a gun range in Cypress.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A man who was accidentally shot outside a northwest Harris County gun range has died.

Police say, Joshua Luke Cummings, 36, was shot in the head. He died at the hospital.

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The shooting happened in front of the Hot Wells Gun Range on Highway 290 just after 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Investigators say an employee of the gun range was working on a hunting rifle when it suddenly went off.

At the same time, a customer had just gotten out of his car and was walking toward the building when he was hit.

Hot Wells Gun Range issued a statement saying, "We apologize in advance for the brevity of this response. We simply do not have the words to express the sorrow in our hearts. For 44 years we have operated this facility accident-free, yet today we are shaken by tragedy."

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said the case is being referred to a grand jury.

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