Father accidentally shoots, kills 14-year-old son at gun range

Stephen Brumby, 14, of Sarasota, was accidentally shot by his father. Family photo via Facebook

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A 14-year-old boy died Sunday after being wounded in an accidental shooting at a gun range, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

Image courtesy SNN
Image courtesy SNN

Deputies responded to a report of a shooting at the High Noon Gun Range, located on Bee Ridge Road, around 3:15 p.m. Officials say the boy, 14-year-old Stephen Brumby of Sarasota, was accidentally shot by his father, William Brumby.

The teen sustained a .22 caliber gunshot to the left jugular. He had significant blood loss and was taken to the Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

According to detectives, Brumby was positioned in the last shooting lane with a 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 his shirt. He 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 accidentally fired. The round struck his 14-year-old son, Stephen.

Brumby’s 24-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter were also there at the time. Neither were injured.

At this time, no charges are pending against Brumby.

The investigation is ongoing.

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