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Florida Boy Dies In Accidental Shooting At Gun Range

| by Nicholas Roberts

A 14-year-old boy in Florida died on July 3 after accidentally being shot by his father at a gun range.

The accident occurred at the High Noon Gun Shop in Sarasota, according to WTSP.  Witness statements and video recordings indicate the shooting was not at all intentional.

Stephen Brumby, 14, and his father William Brumby, 64, were practicing shooting against a wall when a shot from William's gun set off a chain of events.

"After firing a round, the spent shell casing struck the wall causing it to deflect and fall into the back of (the elder) Mr. Brumby's shirt," a police statement on the incident reads. "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."

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William's 24-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter were also present during the accident, according to CBS. They were not injured.

"It's quite surprising, because the owners are very professional," local resident Goichi Matsumoto told WTSP.  "I wouldn't have thought something like this would happen here."

Stephen was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital after the incident but died from his injuries, according to The Tampa Bay Times.

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The owners of the gun range have offered condolences and prayers to the Brumby family.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office reports there are currently no charges pending against William Brumby.

Sources: CBS, WTSP, Tampa Bay Times / Photo credit: WTSP

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