Man shoots himself during NRA-sponsored NASCAR race

Credit: Getty Images
Credit: Getty Images

A man shot and killed himself at the NRA 500 NASCAR race.

Kirk Franklin, 42, allegedly shot himself in the head around 10:30 p.m. Saturday after getting into an argument with others who were camped out in the infield of the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

According to Reuters, his body was found in the backseat of a pickup truck. A police spokesperson, Cpl. Tracey Knight, said alcohol may have been a factor.

Yahoo! Sports blog From The Marbles reported that state law prohibited patrons from bringing firearms into the venue.

According to Rawstory.com, before the race, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) wrote Fox network chief Rupert Murdock asking him not to televise the event. He said that would “give credence to an extreme organization that is opposed to reasonable policies to stem gun violence.”

The race was televised on Fox Sports but the NRA was only mentioned once an hour as the title sponsor, and its logo was not part of any graphics.

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