Man fatally shoots self at gun range By LYDA LONGA Staff Writer HOLLY HILL -- Friends of Kevin J. McCarthy were looking for him for the past two days because they thought he might do something irrational. Monday afternoon, the 51-year-old walked into a shooting range on North Nova Road and after renting a handgun and firing 70 rounds at a practice target, he fatally shot himself in the temple, police said. "They thought he was going to do something crazy and they were looking for him," said Brett Miller, one of McCarthy's friends. Miller said McCarthy was taken into custody recently for a mental evaluation. Miller, sitting at the long wooden bar at The Crooks Den on Orange Avenue in Daytona Beach, has known McCarthy for a year and said the Massachusetts native had a lot of problems. "He was a good guy, though," Miller said. That was echoed by a bartender who mentioned McCarthy was not a customer of the tavern. Miller and the bartender said McCarthy lived at the Bayview Hotel next to the bar but had not been seen there since Feb. 1. Holly Hill police Cmdr. Mark Barker said McCarthy walked into the Hot Shot Shooting Range about 12:15 p.m. and asked to rent a Glock .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun, a box of ammunition with 50 rounds and two targets. McCarthy was asked to fill out a form that states, among other things, that the person renting the firearm is not a convicted felon, Barker said. McCarthy had a misdemeanor battery conviction in 1998, records show. After he fired off the first box of bullets, McCarthy went back to the counter and purchased another box of 50 rounds, Barker said. "He shot off at least 20 rounds from the second box and then someone else that was on the range heard one shot and they saw him shaking and then fall to the ground," Barker said. There was at least one other person at the shooting range aside from McCarthy and the other customer who noticed him. However, neither of the witnesses was available for comment. Store management declined requests to be interviewed. McCarthy's autopsy was scheduled for this morning, Barker said, and that should determine whether the shooting was accidental or a suicide. this happened right down the street from me, I have been to that range before, very small about 6 shooting stalls.