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Medical examiner says man shot himself at TMS

Apr 14, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

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A 42-year-old man fatally shot himself last night following an argument with other race fans at Texas Motor Speedway according to police and the Tarrant County (Tex.) medical examiner’s office.

According to the Associated Press, the medical examiner’s office said earlier today that the death of Saginaw, Texas resident Kirk Franklin — who was pronounced dead at 10:48 p.m. local time on Saturday night via a gunshot wound to the head — was a suicide. Fort Worth Police Department spokeswoman Tracey Knight told the AP that the incident that took Franklin’s life occurred during the late stages of the NRA 500 Sprint Cup race and that alcohol may have been a factor.

Anthony Andro of has relayed word from the FWPD’s incident report that Franklin’s body was found in the back seat of a truck inside the track’s infield campgrounds. He also reports that track officials had no comment about the incident on Sunday.

Weapons and firearms are among the list of items that guests are banned from bringing inside Texas Motor Speedway.

  1. djsgalaxy - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Alcohol ‘may’ have been a factor? NASCAR in Texas… Isn’t alcohol a requirement? Talk about an understatement…

  2. techmeister1 - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Who knows what the facts are in this case? We do know that the man obviously had a death wish. I doubt he just decided after the argument that he should kill himself. We’ll probably find out in coming days that he was mentally unstable and upset over something in his life and the suicide was planned to take place at the NRA sponsored NASCAR race to make some kind of social statement.

    You can expect all of the anti-gun fanatics to use this guy as a poster child for why all guns should be banned. It amazes me how naive and illogical the gun control arguments are.

    • florida727 - Apr 15, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      #techmeister, couldn’t agree with you more. Any excuse the gun control nuts can latch onto, they will. Forget that car accidents and alcohol cause far more deaths than guns ever will or have. Maybe we should ban cars and alcohol too. That’s how illogical their argument is if you put it into the right context. Then again, gun manufacturers don’t contribute millions to liberal political election campaigns, do they?

      • it's all bs - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        I support the 2nd amendment BUT to compare gun related deaths to cars and alcohol is ridiculous….may I also remind you that automobiles and alcohol are SEVERELY regulated by state and Fed laws and NEITHER item were created to kill peeps……anyway yes this man’s suicide will surely fuel the flames for more gun-control…..SMDH!!!

  3. apexassassin - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Now if the rest of Nascar fans would just take the hint and shoot themselves in the head… of course Budweiser and the meth producers would go out of business, but what a great world it would be…

  4. techmeister1 - Apr 15, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    The tragic bombing is Boston should be an eye-opener for those who are so naive as to believe passing foolish gun laws will fix the problem of mentally unstable in society. Sick people will use whatever means they need to kill people.

    BTW, those SEVERE controls on autos and alcohol haven’t eliminated the problem, have they? This goes to show that you can’t legislate good judgement or prevent innocent people from being killed by irresponsible people. Laws don’t make people rational or sane. Until society removes the problem, they are just treating the symptom and that doesn’t help anything.

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