Police said instructors had no time to react before a woman shot herself in an apparent suicide during a firearms safety education class at the Ukumehame firing range Sunday afternoon.
The woman, a 44-year-old Napili resident, loaded a .22-caliber revolver, placed the barrel of the gun under her chin and pulled the trigger, police said. The fatal shooting occurred at 3:40 p.m. at the public firing range.
Witnesses told police that the woman, who was among those attending the class, gave no indication that anything was wrong before she shot herself.
One member of the class, who asked not to be identified and did not know the woman, was about 10 feet away from her before she fired.
"I didn't see the gunshot . . . but I saw the aftermath," he said.
The woman's body was seen lying on her back with her arms and body covered in blood. A half-dozen policemen were at the scene and interviewed about eight or nine witnesses, including the instructors, for about a half-hour before releasing them.
Police said the class began at 1 p.m.
Completing such a class is a requirement for obtaining a permit to acquire a firearm.
According to the website of Central Guns & Ammo, which was running the class, it includes approximately eight hours of indoor instruction and shooting activities at the range. Volunteer instructors bring a variety of guns for students to try, according to the website.