A man trying to remove a stray gun shell casing from his shirt accidentally shot and killed son at a Florida gun range on Sunday.
The victim — Stephen J. Brumby, 14 — was standing behind his father, William, who was firing from the last shooting lane, with a wall on his right-hand side, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
After firing a round, the spent shell casing struck the wall and deflected, falling into the back of the father’s shirt.
William Brumby used his right hand — which was holding the handgun — to remove the casing.
“While doing so, he inadvertently pointed the firearm directly behind him and accidentally fired,” the sheriff’s office said.
The round struck the teen, who was rushed to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and later died.
William Brumby’s 24-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter were present at the time of the shooting, authorities said.
The investigation into Stephen’s death is ongoing, but at this time there are no charges pending against the father.
The gun range boasts nine indoor lanes for shooters, and was called the “safest indoor shooting range ever designed” by the Herald Tribune when it was built in 2013 — with strategically placed armored steel plates to take on stray rounds and prevent ricochets.
The range also offers free shooting for children, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
What a tragic accident. We can only imagine how the family must feel.