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Sheriff: Man shot at local gun range

A man was shot Wednesday morning at the Calibers Shooters Sports Center off U.S. 60 east of Cannon Air Force Base, Curry County Sheriff Michael Brockett said.

Brockett said the man was hospitalized in Lubbock in “extremely critical condition” but was still alive Thursday night.

The incident occurred about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday inside the firing range of the building. There were no witnesses, the sheriff said. The victim was the only person in the firing-range portion of the building when the incident occurred, he said. The sheriff characterized the event as an "apparent attempted suicide."

Brockett declined to release the victim’s name but said family members were traveling to Lubbock on Thursday.

The victim is an airman at Cannon, said Capt. Jackie Pienkowski, Cannon's chief of public affairs.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Airman and their family," she wrote in a text message to The News. "Support to, and the privacy of, the family and loved ones impacted by this incident is our priority."

The sheriff said employees of Calibers called 911 when the shooting occurred.

“When deputies arrived, the injured person was suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head. The injured person was transported by the Clovis Fire/EMS to the Plains Regional Medical Center, where he ultimately was flown via helicopter to Lubbock,” Brockett said.

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