69-Year-Old Shot And Killed In His Backyard On Christmas May Have Been Hit By Stray Bullet

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A 69-year-old Florida man was shot in the chest and killed while standing in his backyard on Christmas morning, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Police are investigating whether Bruce Fleming’s death was the result of a stray bullet fired at a nearby resident’s gun range.

Fleming was in the backyard of his Deltona home, when a shot came from the northeast. His wife, son, and grandson were at the home when the shooting occurred.

Fleming was taken to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City where he was later pronounced dead.

“Based on everything we know thus far, it appears the shooting was accidental,” said sheriff’s spokesman Gary Davidson.

It is not illegal to shoot guns in one’s backyard in Florida, as long as it isn’t done “negligently or recklessly.”

“It’s pretty clear that it was negligent, for shooting obviously out the backyard,” a spokesman for the family, Robert Reynolds, told WKMG-TV. “There’s houses everywhere.”

Sources: Daytona Beach News-Journal, Miami Herald