While mass murders are the most likely shootings to make headlines, accidents also account for some of the gun-related death toll, a fact that Michael Babinski found out the hard way.
Babinski died on Tuesday after an incident at a Lyons, Illinois Gun Range, where he is thought to have accidentally shot himself, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
At about 1:55 pm., Babinski was at the gun range at the Midwest Guns shop in the 8500 block of Plainfield Road in Lyons, Ill. when he was shot multiple times in the head and neck.
He was in critical condition when he was admitted to the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, and was announced as deceased fewer than four hours later.
The police report read, "Upon officer's arrival, a subject was located on the first floor of the gun range with what appeared to be a serious head wound. That subject was transported to Loyola Hospital in critical condition."
Law-enforcement officials are now investigating the case, and reportedly looking over footage from the surveillance camera at the range. As of this time, however, the death is assumed to be an accident.
According to a 2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, firearm accidents kill about 851 people each year. Although that makes up for just a fraction of the tens of thousands of gun deaths each year, people are more likely to die by their own gun, via suicide or accident, than they are to stop an intruder or otherwise protect themselves with their weapon.
Guns are used in 70 percent of homicides and 52 percent of suicides, according to the CDC report, and are generally the weapons of choice for mass killings, as with the recent Navy Yard shooting.