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Man fatally shoots himself in the chest outside gun shop

September 13, 2010 | 10:47 am

A man fatally shot himself outside a well-known gun shop in Costa Mesa on Sunday, police said.

A police officer patrolling the area about 4:30 p.m. Sunday heard a gunshot and screams coming from the Grant Boys' gun shop parking lot. After calling for backup, the officer then approached the Dodge truck and found Ezra Fee, 34, with one gun wound to the chest, said Lt. Rob Sharpnack of the Costa Mesa Police Department.

Fee was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana where he was pronounced dead.

"It's a tragedy, and you know it's fortunate nobody else was injured," Sharpnack said.

Police are still investigating where Fee got the gun. He did not buy it from the Grant Boys, but in the past he had bought ammunition from the store, Sharpnack said.

Sunday's incident wasn't the Police Department's first encounter with Fee, Sharpnack said.

Last April, police responded to calls about a man who was firing a gun in his neighborhood in or around his apartment on Church Street, Sharpnack said. That man was Fee.

Read the full Daily Pilot story here.

-- Mona Shadia