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Improvements to be made to rifle range after reports of stray bullets

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, flanked by parks director Toni Robinson and Koko Head Range Master Mike Muramoto Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, flanked by parks director Toni Robinson and Koko Head Range Master Mike Muramoto
HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Mayor Kirk Caldwell has announced that emergency improvements will be made while the Koko Head Shooting Complex rifle range is closed after two reports of stray bullets Friday.

Caldwell decided to close the rifle range late Friday until further notice.

Investigators will try to figure out if the bullets came from the rifle range by looking at the angle of entry. In the meantime, the city will bring in more fill material to refurbish the berm behind the targets, to better absorb bullets and avoid possible ricochets.

City crews will also build a visual overhang to remind shooters to aim their rifles properly.

"Recently we had a couple episodes where we had stray bullets that landed either in homes or in a vehicle," said Caldwell. "We don't know exactly where they came from. We're working with police. There's an ongoing investigation."

 "The range can certainly use some improvements," said Edward Hampton, a frequent user of the range and a member of the Hawaii Rifle Association. "None of us are happy that it's closed,but the improvements are necessary and I'm glad to see it getting done."

If all goes well, the mayor hopes to reopen the rifle range in early January.

Other parts of the shooting complex, including the pistol, archery and skeet ranges, will remain open.

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