Tuesday 27 September 2016

Father accidentally shoots and kills his son (14) at Florida shooting range

Published 04/07/2016 | 23:08

Stephen K. Brumby was shot by accident at shooting range
Stephen K. Brumby was shot by accident at shooting range

A father accidentally shot and killed his 14-year-old son at a shooting range after he tried to catch a spent shell casing which bounced into his shirt.

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The tragic shooting took place at 3.15pm on Sunday at the High Noon Gun Range in Florida.

Authorities explained that the victim, named as Stephen K. Brumby, was standing behind his father William who was firing in the last shooting lane, with the wall on his right hand side.

The statement from Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said William fired a round when a spent shell casing struck the wall and deflected, falling into the back of his shirt.

Mr Brumby used his right hand, which was holding the handgun, to remove the casing when he "inadvertently pointed the firearm directly behind him and accidentally fired".

The young teen was shot. He was rushed to a nearby hospital but later died.

Mr Brumby's 24-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter were present at he incident.

Authorities have no charges pending against the father.

The shooting range was designed with safety in mind, according to local papers, as armoured plates were incorporated in the design to prevent ricochets.

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