A FATHER has accidentally shot and killed his teenage son at a firing range in the United States.
William "Clayton" Brumby was shooting at the range with his son, 14-year-old, Stephen J. Brumby, at High Noon Gun’s in Sarasota, Florida when the tragedy occurred.
According to media reports, Stephen was leaning against the wall when he was struck by a stray bullet. He was then taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with severe injuries where he later died.
His mother Elizabeth later uploaded this picture of her dead son with the message: 'There are no words'
His mother Elizabeth later uploaded a picture of her dead son with the message: “There are no words”.
Police said in a statement: “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.
“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 accidentally fired”.
No charges are believed to have been filed against Mr Brumby in what police have described as a tragic accident.
High Noon Gun's in Sarasota, Florida, has touted its safety record in the past, with some calling it the 'world's safest range'
Stephen Brumby is seen second from left behind his sister - one of his six siblings
A few weeks prior, the gun store commented on its gun safety programs in a Facebook post sashing, “Properly trained kids don’t have accidents.”
According to an ABC report, after the Sunday incident, the owners chose not to comment on camera, only saying they offer condolences and prayers to the family of the teen killed.
The tragedy comes only weeks after the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida where a gunman killed 49 people at a nightclub. Florida is among the easiest states in America to buy a gun.