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San Anselmo Native Killed in Accidental Shooting at Gun Range

Jay Sitton, 55, was skeet shooting at the Black Point Sports Club on Lakeville Highway when a club employee found him around 1:15 p.m. on the ground next to his pickup.

A Novato man who grew up in San Anselmo accidentally shot himself and died at the Black Point Game Bird Club in Petaluma on Thursday afternoon, a Sonoma County sheriff's lieutenant said.

Jay Sitton, 55, went to the club at 7711 Lakeville Road to shoot skeet, sheriff's Lt. Bret Sackett said.

Sitton bought shooting supplies at the club office and went to the shooting range area, where he was the only one shooting, Sackett said. He returned to the office an hour later to ask for more time on the shooting range, Sackett said.

After Sitton went back to the range, a club employee found him an hour later lying next to the open door of his truck, according to Sackett.

Sitton had a gunshot wound to his chest and sheriff's deputies found a shotgun inside the truck with its barrel facing toward the truck's open door, Sackett said.

Investigators believe Sitton accidentally shot himself as he removed the shotgun from the back seat, and the death is considered accidental, Sackett said.

The Marin Independent Journal reported that Sitton grew up in San Anselmo, graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School and was the longtime owner of a car repair shop in San Francisco. Sitton's wife, Michelle, told the IJ that her husband was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed skiing, waterskiing, fishing and bicycling, and he was also an experienced hunter and skeet shooter.

An autopsy was scheduled for Friday, a county coroner's office spokeswoman said.

— Bay City News Service

Rohkan July 21, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Jay Sitton, lived his life to the very fullest....... He was a great human being! He was loved by many, respected by all..... He will be so missed...... Never forgotten.......
Rohkan July 21, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Jay Sitton, was a successful owner of Planet Saab,, in San Fransisco,Ca 20 years....Jay was a native of Fairfax and San Anselmo, Avid Water skier, Snow Skiing, where he taught all of his nieces, nephews! at the time they could walk He traveled the world.with a passion.... He was respected and loved., He lived a life to the fullest, His life was cut short, by a tragic freak accident. ......He will leave many friends, and family, behind,Jay changed, many lives, giving all an opportunity to make there lives successful.He would help all that came into his life.He lived his life to the fullest, sharing all he had with others. Gardening and cooking, biking, adventures to remote places around the world. He was generous to all.....Snow and water skiing, Avid reader, Politics...... Our community is in a shock......He would ride his bike to San Fransico weekly..... He was an inspiration......
Rohkan July 21, 2012 at 03:21 PM
What a gift of a person, Some take life for granted others, learn and grow, and live life to the fullest1 Mr. Sitton was one such man.
atomicthumbs July 22, 2012 at 09:17 AM
If you use firearms a lot, it's easy to get complacent. This is why one always needs to follow the basic rules of gun safety; even when you're sure there's no cartridge in your gun's chamber, it never hurts to check, and it might save your life.
Ken Heyman August 24, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Jay Sittion took good care of my cars for over 15 years. Often, it would take over an hour to pick up my car at the end of the day because we would get into car-guy talk. Over the years that talk time progressed into more personal subjects. We became friends. A trustworthy, all around great guy.
Arthur Wilinski December 09, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Jay was a good friend to many. As a young man he took an interest in helping a fellow putzer and kindred spirit with the gift of his time. Always a good word and a wry comment. A beautiful man. This is so sad. Arthur Wilinski

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