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

William Brumby, 54, was firing his handgun at High Noon Guns’ shooting range in Sarasota, one of the safest in the world, when a spent shell casing deflected off a nearby wall and fell down the back of his shirt around 3.15pm, reports 9 NEWS.

“Brumby then used his right hand, which was holding the handgun, in an attempt to remove the casing,” the Sarasota County Sheriff’s office said in a statement.

“While doing so, he inadvertently pointed the firearm directly behind him and accidently fired.”

The bullet hit his son Stephen Brumby, who was standing directly behind him.

He was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Brumby’s 24-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter were also at the shooting range at the time. Neither was injured, the police said.

Police are investigating the incident, however, no charges have been filed against Brumby, the sheriff’s office said.

Stephen was the fourth of seven children. In his 14 years of life he was described as “a meteor that couldn’t be contained” by his family or anyone that knew him. He loved fishing, tennis music, archery, and knife throwing. He had an insatiable appetite to learn and was constantly sharing his wisdom with those around him.

Such a tragic story!

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  • What a sad and tragic accident ! How hard it must be for the dad to live with this.
    Away with those guns me thinks…


  • That poor family.
    I dont ever want to know what feels like…. I hope some how the Dad will be able to live without guilt. His son wouldnt him to live a life of guilt.


  • oh that is such a sad story :( i hope the father can find some peace.


  • That is so very tragic. Sadly though where there are guns involved, accidents like this can happen


  • How terribly sad for the family.


  • My deepest sympathy to the family. A tragic accident which should never have happened. I am surpried anybody would be standing behind the Dad. It sounds as though the Dad’s first shot must have been way off target.


  • Horrendous!! What a terrible accident. Poor little boy!!! :-(


  • I feel for the whole family, the father who was ultimately responsible, the family who witnessed it and the mumma whose boy isn’t coming home. A truly tragic accident :(


  • I have no words :( a gun is a lethal weapon regardless of its present use – and should never be treated with contempt. A whole family is left devastated :(


  • Very sad – it sounds like a genuine stupid accident.


  • And to say that Australias gun control laws are not controlling incidents like this. I think America needs to really look as to whether they need guns!


  • So so so sad. What is the father going through now.


  • When is America going to wake up & tighten its gun laws


  • My heart breaks for this family.
    The poor father must be completely distraught by what his actions caused.
    Guns are not toys and should be handled 100% correctly ever time to avoid horrible accidents like this


  • What on earth! Guns are not toys. You need to treat them properly. You can’t be distracted with a gun waving around in your hand. This guy was just careless! How can you accidentally fire. It means this guy was waving a loaded gun, finger on the trigger while distracted (fishing around in his shirt) around his children.


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