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Colorado shooting range closed after death

Kirk Mitchell
The Denver Post

The U.S. Forest Service has closed a shooting range in El Paso County in an emergency action following the fatal shooting Saturday of a 25-year-old Aurora man.

A panel will review safety measure to prevent similar tragedies from happening, said Bob Leaverton, supervisor of the Pike and San Isabel National Forest.

Leaverton said he has not determined how long the range, used by 40,000 people a year, will be closed.

“We’ll keep it closed as long as it takes to review safety issues,” Leaverton said. “We’ll review what could be done differently to prevent this from happening in the future.”

The range in the Pike National Forest near the Garden of the Gods is managed by the Forest Service.

Otis Freison of Aurora was shot in the chest at the range on Rampart Range Road on Saturday, said Lt. Lari Sevene with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

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