Man Dies In Gun Malfunction At Shooting Range; 2Nd Man Hurt

ARCHBALD, Pa. (AP) — A man died after a firearm malfunction at a northeastern Pennsylvania shooting range over the weekend, authorities said.

The Lackawanna County coroner's office said the victim was injured Saturday when a handgun fired by another person near him exploded at the range located inside State Game Lands 300.

Robert Hamm, 61, of Berwick died while in surgery Saturday afternoon at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Coroner Tim Rowland said. The death of ruled accidental and due to forceful impact and penetrating wounds to the chest.

Another man was hospitalized with an injury to his cheek, Archbald Police Chief Tim Trently said.

Officials believe the gun, owned by Hamm, used reloaded ammunition. Trently said such ammunition is cheaper and is bought by some consumers who use reloading equipment and who may also add extra gunpowder.

Archbald police are investigating the accident, Rowland said.