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Kentucky gun range pokes fun at ABC News after network mistakenly used its footage in Syria coverage

Posted at 9:47 AM, Oct 16, 2019

WEST POINT, Ky. (WDRB/LEX 18) — A Kentucky gun range poked fun at ABC News by using Facebook to "mark itself safe" from the conflict in Syria after the news network mistakenly aired footage from the range in a news report.

On Sunday evening's "World News Tonight," anchor Tom Llama said the images on the screen appeared to show Turkey bombing Kurds in northern Syria. It turns out the footage showing at the time was filmed during a military shooting event at Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point.

"We'd like to thank ABC news for the free advertising on our Bi-Annual Machine Gun Shoot and Military Gun Show!! Keep up the good work ABC News!! And a big thanks to our patrons and spectators for taking notice and notifying us of their BIG" mistake." Our next show dates are April 3-4, 2020 & October 9-10, 2020," the gun range posted on its Facebook page.

They also marked themselves "safe from the Turkish invasion" in a separate post.

"It's a simple mistake, I guess," employee Chad Sumner told Louisville Fox affiliate WDRB . "We're all humans. We can make mistakes. Whether they made a mistake or they edited it on purpose, I don't know."

ABC News later issued a correction and an apology.

This story was originally published by Melissa Ratliff on WLEX in Lexington, Kentucky.