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Woman’s death blamed on recklessness with guns

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Woman’s death blamed on recklessness with guns

KGMI News Reporting
By Alex Gray

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A local firearms instructor says the death of a 23-year-old woman from a stray bullet shouldn’t have happened.

Rick Naslund says the people who were target practicing along the Nooksack River did not use any of the safety procedures trained and responsible gun owners follow.

Bullets from their guns struck a house about a half mile away from where people were having a backyard barbecue.

One of those stray bullets hit Alyssa Smith, who died the next day.

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Naslund says many people have no idea how much a bullet can ricochet off the ground and even off of water.

Ferndale Police have arrested two of the men who are convicted felons for unlawful possession of a firearm.