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3/6/2014 12:55:00 PM
Judge orders halt to rifle practice at range after woman is injured

MARION, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois judge has ordered a gun range to halt target shooting with rifles for now in the wake of a woman being injured by a suspected stray bullet.

A Williamson County judge’s injunction Tuesday involving the Tombstone Gun Range and Training Center near Marion remains in effect until a court hearing next month.

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 318 pressed for court intervention after investigators say a round fired at the range Feb. 19 perhaps was the one that hit a woman’s face outside the union’s training site a half mile away. The woman was treated at a hospital.

Range operators say they take safety seriously and voluntarily halted rifle shooting at the site after the woman was injured.

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