Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 12, 2012

W.Va. man who shot himself was gun instructor

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a 53-year-old Eastern Panhandle man who accidentally shot himself in the head was apparently a former military weapons instructor.

The Journal ( says David Holiday Jr. died Wednesday night. He was a native of Gallitzin, Pa.

Sgt. Seth Place of the Morgan County Sheriff's Department says Holiday had invited friends over to either sell or give away some guns. While showing them, he raised one pistol above his head. A witness says the gun then discharged.

Place says the shooting is being classified as an accident, not a suicide. No foul play is suspected.

Place says six guns were found on the kitchen table, and all were returned to family members.

Holiday was a military veteran, but Place didn't immediately have the details of his service record.


Information from: The Journal,

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