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Father accidentally kills son, 14, at Sarasota gun range

Posted at 5:01 PM, Jul 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-05 06:38:45-04
A father accidentally shot and killed his 14-year-old son at a Sarasota gun range Sunday, according to a sheriff's office report.
 
Deputies responded to an accidental shooting at the High Noon Gun Shop in Sarasota at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday.
 
Emergency responders transported a 14-year-old boy, later identified as Stephen Brumby, to Sarasota Memorial hospital with serious injuries. He died at the hospital, according to police. 
 
The Sarasota Sheriff's Office combed through the scene, taking out several bags of evidence. Monday, the sheriff's office released a statement confirming the boy's father, 64-year-old William Brumby, fired the lethal shot.
 
Per video evidence and witness accounts, the report said the father was removing a shell casing from his front pocket when he accidentally fired off a round with a pistol in the same hand. The bullet hit his son, who was standing behind him. A shell casing had bounced off the wall next to him during target practice and landed in his shirt pocket. 
 
The father was with three of his children at the range, including his 24-year-old son, 12-year-old daughter and Stephen. 
 
A man who works nearby said he's gone shooting at the range in the past, and is stunned that this kind of thing would happen there.
 
"It's a nice location. It seems very safe. I wouldn't think something like that would happen at this location," said Goichi Matsumato.  
 
The shop commented its gun safety programs in a Facebook post just a few weeks prior to the accident, saying, "Properly trained kids don't have accidents."
 
After what happened Sunday, the owners didn't want to comment on camera, only saying they offer condolences and prayers to the family of the teen killed.
 
The sheriff's office is continuing to investigate the incident, but the sheriff's office said there were no charges for the father as of Monday morning.
 
There were no other injuries reported.