Man fatally shot pal in unprovoked attack at gun range, cops say

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A Pennsylvania man opened fire on his pal in an unprovoked attack at a gun range — then was shot dead by a bystander, state police said.

Robert A. Eppley, 26, of North East, had been taking turns with the unidentified pal and their girlfriends firing a newly-purchased pistol Tuesday on state game lands in Greene Township, the Erie Times-News reported.

He had fired only five rounds when he turned and opened fire on the friend — a 28-year-old Erie man — for “no apparent reason,” Lt. Mark Weindorf told the newspaper.

A 67-year-old man in the stall next to them who saw what was happening fired his weapon at Eppley in an apparent attempt to stop him, authorities said.

Eppley — who suffered gunshot wounds to the torso — was pronounced dead at the scene.

The bystander was questioned by troopers and later released.

The friend was brought to the hospital, where he was treated and released Tuesday night.

He was later questioned in the shooting, though the motive is still “completely unknown,” Weindorf told the newspaper.

No charges have been filed in the shooting.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission shuttered the gun range until further notice, Weindorf said.

With Post wires

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