William Clayton Brumby accidentally shot and killed his 14-year-old son, Stephen Brumby, after bringing him to a gun range. After firing a round, an empty shell casing reportedly ricocheted off the wall and fell into the back of William Brumby’s shirt.
When the dad went to pluck it out the casing, he used a hand that was still clutching a loaded handgun, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office tells NBC News.
Clayton had taken Stephen, another 24-year-old son and his 12-year-old daughter to a local gun range.
Stephen was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and later died as a result of his injuries, police said.
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident, and have listened to witness accounts and reviewed video footage of the incident.
While the investigation is still pending, there are still yet no charges to be made in the unfortunate case.
As for Brumby’s views on guns now – he said they haven’t changed. While doing so, he inadvertently pointed the firearm directly behind him and accidently [sic] fired. “I wanted them to be comfortable around them and understand them”.
Stephen, the fourth of seven children, had been raised the same way, going to target practice with his father and siblings when he wasn’t playing the ukulele and piano for his worship band at church or fishing or playing tennis.
“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”, the account states. He had an insatiable appetite to learn and was constantly sharing his wisdom with those around him.
Stephen’s father told CNN that he was still trying to come to terms with taking his son’s life.
“Every round in the gun is your responsibility”, he added.
“The families’ only comfort is knowing that He is communing with the heroes of his faith and rejoicing in paradise”, read the text on a GoFundMe page set up by the dead teen’s mother, Elizabeth Brumby. “The last thing that we do is forget the safety rules because a piece of brass has touched us and it’s a little bit hot”, he said.