A US dad shot his 14-year-old teenage son accidentally and took his life at a Florida gun range, which is considered one of the safest across the globe.
The incident took place on Sunday at a Sarasota gun range. The entire family is mourning the sudden death of the teen. The reports state that father William Brumby went on a visit of the High Noon Gun Range along with his daughter, 12, and two sons, 24 and 14, on Sunday afternoon. A video footage has been obtained to provide details about the incident. The witnesses also confirmed the tragedy.
According to evidence, the dad was practicing rounds of fire at the range. He stood in a shooting lane beside a wall. One of the shell casings hit the wall and fell on the back of his shirt. The father used his right hand to remove the shell casing when he fired accidentally. His son, Stephen Brumpy, was standing exactly behind him and he was shot in the event.
“Brumby then used his right hand, which was holding the handgun, in an attempt to remove the casing,” the Sarasota County Sheriff’s office said in a statement. “While doing so, he inadvertently pointed the firearm directly behind him and accidentally fired.”
The teen was immediately taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where he died. According to reports, the police is investigating the matter but no charges have yet been put on the US dad. Stephen’s brother David Brumpy, who was also there at the gun range, said that his sibling was a sweet boy. He described him as the most “outgoing, gregarious, friendly and loving” person.
According to US Weekly, the witness confirmed that his father did not do this intentionally. Even the forensic experts stated that the bullet that struck Stephen had moved towards the ceiling and then dropped down.
The Herald-Tribune declared the High Noon gun range as one of safest “indoor shooting ranges ever designed” in 2013. It was only three weeks ago when the gun range posted on its Facebook page about children and gun safety. “At High Noon Guns, we are firm believers that safety comes first. And part of that is ensuring that we teach our children gun safety,” the post read.