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Father Fatally Shoots Teenage Son in 'Freak Accident' at Florida Gun Range


"He inadvertently pointed the firearm directly behind him and accidently fired."

Image via Twitter/@WFLAJohn

A Florida father accidentally shot and killed his 14-year-old son Sunday at a Sarasota gun range, according to police.

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post Monday that William Brumby, 64, was at High Noon Gun Range with his three children when the tragic accident occurred at around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

The victim, 14-year old Stephen Brumby, was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and later died as a result of his injuries, according to police.

Based on witness statements and surveillance footage obtained from the gun range, detectives determined that the shooting was most likely an accident.

From the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office:

William Brumby was positioned in the last shooting lane where there was a solid wall on his right-hand side. After firing a round, the spent shell casing struck the wall causing it to deflect and fall into the back of Mr. Brumby’s shirt. Brumby then used his right hand, which was holding the handgun, in an attempt to remove the casing. While doing so, he inadvertently pointed the firearm directly behind him and accidently fired. The round struck his 14-year-old son, Stephen.

According to WFLA-TV, Stephen was shot in his left jugular vein.

Mr. Brumby was also with his 24-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter at the time of the incident, but neither were injured, according to police.

While an investigation is ongoing, the father is not expected to face charges.

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