Tragic Accidental Shooting at George Nourse Gun Range Claims Life of Nampa Man

Canyon County, ID – A sad and tragic incident marred the Fourth of July weekend when an accidental shooting claimed the life of a young man at the George Nourse Gun Range south of Nampa. On July 5, 2024, around 5:00 p.m., the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) responded to an emergency call reporting an accidental discharge of a firearm.

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Upon arrival, CCSO deputies discovered a 26-year-old male, identified as Evan Michael Chase of Nampa, who had been shot in the abdomen. The incident occurred when another male was attempting to unload a rifle, and it accidentally discharged. Despite immediate life-saving efforts performed on the scene, Chase tragically succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

Sheriff Kieran Donahue expressed his condolences, stating, “This was a tragic incident that sadly took the life of a young man over this past Fourth of July weekend. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Unfortunately, it also serves as a grim reminder of how deadly firearms can be and why they should always be handled with the utmost care.”

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The CCSO has indicated that no further information will be released regarding this incident. The community is left mourning the untimely loss of Evan Michael Chase, reflecting on the importance of stringent firearm safety measures to prevent such devastating accidents in the future.

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