Man Dies at NRA 500 from Apparent Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

You couldn’t script this kind of thing any better (and no I’m not saying that what happened at Texas Motor Speedway today was in anyway justified, or good). What I am saying is that, in one of the most ironic twists one could possibly imagine, a man died today of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound during the latter stages of a race that was sponsored by a group (the NRA) that has had massive amounts of criticism heaped upon them for their extreme views on gun control.

The Associated Press has more:

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A medical examiner says a man who died in the infield during a NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway shot himself in the head.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office on Sunday said the death of 42-year-old Kirk Franklin of Saginaw was a suicide.

Fort Worth police have said a man who was camping in the infield died of a “self-inflicted injury” after getting into an argument with other campers. The incident happened late in the Sprint Cup race.

Police spokeswoman Cpl. Tracey Knight has said alcohol may have been a factor. Knight said several people witnessed the incident, but nobody was in danger.

Track spokesman Mike Zizzo says the death occurred “in or around a pickup truck” in part of the infield near the middle of the backstretch.

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