Father Accidentally Shoots 14-Year-Old Son Dead In ‘Freak’ Accident At Gun Range

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Just awful.

A father in Florida accidentally shot and killed his 14-year-old son at a gun range on Sunday afternoon.

According to reports, William Brumby fired a round at the High Noon Gun Shop and the spent shell casing hit the wall and bounced into the back of his shirt.

While attempting to remove the hot casing with his right hand — which was holding the gun — the 64-year-old accidentally fired the weapon, which struck his son Stephen directly behind him.

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The teenager was brought to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and later died from his injuries.

Stephen’s 24-year-old brother David spoke to ABC News about the tragedy and shared the loving memory of his brother — who was one of the seven home-schooled children in the family. He said:

“No matter how calm you try to stay, there’s no way to wipe the images away from your mind of your little brother bleeding out in your arms├óΓé¼┬ª He was the most outgoing, gregarious, friendly, loving person that you’d ever know.”

David, who was at the range during the incident along with his 12-year-old sister, made it clear that his father never pointed the gun directly at Stephen — but instead the fatal shot went upward towards the ceiling and ricocheted down.

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A few weeks before the accident, the gun shop shared to Facebook that “properly trained kids don’t have accidents.” As for this “freak breakdown”, co-owner John Buchan offered his condolences, noting:

“There was a freak breakdown in the personal safety of owning and operating a firearm that never should’ve happened. I’m not trying to blame anybody, won’t place blame on anybody. All I can say is it was a freak thing, and our thoughts are with the family.”

Police are conducting an investigation, but there are no charges against Brumby at this time.

[Image via GoFundMe.]

Jul 5, 2016 9:56am PDT

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