Sitka woman dies in shooting accident

A Sitka woman on a camping trip died in an accidental shooting.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports 31-year-old Amber Peterson was killed Sunday as she handled a rifle.

Sitka police say Peterson was with one of her brothers on a kayak trip Saturday and they pulled into Samsing Cove because of bad weather.

A day later, as Peterson was loading her kayak and her brother gathered gear, he heard a gunshot.

Sitka police took a 911 on the incident at 10:34 a.m.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers transported two police investigators and a patrol officer to the campsite by boat.

Amber Peterson was pronounced dead at the scene.

The long-time Sitka resident was the mother of three sons.