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W.Va. man who shot himself was gun instructor

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- 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 reported David Holiday Jr. died Wednesday night. He was a native of Gallitzin, Pa.

Sgt. Seth Place, of the Morgan County Sheriff's Department, said 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 said the gun then discharged.

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

Place said 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.


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