Stephen Brumby. His mother, Elizabeth, posted this photo to Facebook, saying “There are no words…” (Facebook/Elizabeth Brumby)
A Sarasota, Florida father, William “Clayton” Brumby accidentally shot and killed his 14-year-old son at a gun range on July 3, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The Times said that Stephen Brumby was standing behind his father when he was shot and killed by his father. The shooting was an accident, said the Tampa Bay Times.
William “Clayton” Brumby. (Facebook/William Clayton Brumby)
Here’s what you need to know:
1. William Brumby Accidentally Fired His Gun While Trying to Remove a Casing From his Shirt
Stephen Brumby’s parents, William “Clayton” Brumby and Elizabeth Brumby. (Facebook/Elizabeth Brumby)
The Tampa Bay Times says the father was shooting rounds in the far right shooting lane of the gun range, next to a wall, citing witness statements and video footage. “One of the shell casings hit the wall, ricocheted off and dropped down the back of Brumby’s shirt,” the newspaper said.
Brumby tried to remove the casing using his right hand. He had that gun in his hang. “While doing so, he pointed the gun behind him and accidentally fired, deputies said,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The Gun Store Had Previously Posted a Meme of a Child Holding a Rifle
CBS News reports that the shooting range posted a meme on its Facebook page just last month that showed a child holding a rifle and the words, “Properly trained kids don’t have accidents.”
“At High Noon Guns, we are firm believers that safety comes first. And part of that is ensuring we teach our children gun safety,” CBS News quoted the site as saying.
According to the shop’s website, people 14-years-old or younger are able to shoot free if a parent or guardian is along, said CBS News.
3. Stephen Brumby’s Siblings Witnessed the Shooting
“Love these sweet boys,” Stephen’s mother, Elizabeth, posted of this photo. (Facebook/Elizabeth Brumby)
William Brumby, 64, was at the shooting range with Stephen, another son, and his daughter when the shooting occurred at the High Noon Gun Range in Sarasota, Florida, said the Tamba Bay Times.
4. William “Clayton” Brumby Works in Sales & Studied Speech Communication
Clayton Brumby, his wife, Elizabeth, and one of their children. (Facebook/Clayton Brumby)
According to his Facebook page, William Brumby, who goes by the name Clayton Brumby on social media, works in sales for J.M. Stewart Corp., in Sarasota Florida. He studied speech communication at Florida State University and is from Coral Gables, Florida.