In a freak accident, 14-year-old Stephen Brumby was killed by his father, when an accidental gunshot ricocheted and hit him.
The father, 64-year-old William Clayton Brumby, who is a shooting enthusiast, trained each of his seven children to learn how to use guns and be comfortable around them.
The family has guns in the house as well, for the purpose of self-defence.
Stephen, who had many hobbies, like, tennis, bass fishing and playing the piano, had also been drawn to the skill of shooting, seeing his father and the other siblings. He was quite proficient in target shooting and was soon expected to surpass his father.
But, all the lessons came to a rest, when Clayton mistakenly shot his son to death at a gun range in Sarasota, Florida.
After firing a round at a target, the hot bullet shell casing bounced off the wall and fell into the back of Clayton’s shirt. While he was attempting to remove the casing, Clayton reached his back with the hand, which still held the loaded gun. While doing so he accidently pulled the trigger, and the bullet hit the ceiling before hitting down his son.
The boy was rushed to the hospital, where he ultimately died.
The sorrowful father told the media, “The gun didn’t kill my boy. I did, “Every round in the gun is your responsibility. When it fires you need to stand to account for it. That’s what I’ve spent the last two days doing, accounting for my operating error.”
The father accepts his responsibility for his son’s death. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office are keeping the investigation on, though they have said that there are no charges pending against the father.
On the day of the accident (Sunday), Stephen was accompanied by his 24-year-old elder brother, and 12-year-old sister, along with their father, to the High Noon Gun Range, for target shooting practice.
Stephen was the middle child amongst seven brothers and sisters, and his death has left a big hole in the family’s heart.
His father told the press that, he was, in fact, a very sweet and gregarious child, who helped his mother in the house, and took care of his younger sister, to whom he was also a best friend.
“He had a heart that was bigger than he was,” He was always thinking outside the box”, says a grievous Clayton.
Stephen’s family has set up an online fundraiser for funeral and other expenses.
Clayton blames himself for the death of his child, and his views regarding guns remain the same, which he still intends to use and keep in the home for self-defense.
Clayton says, “It doesn’t take but a split second for something to go wrong and that could be with a gun, it could be with the wrong medicine, it could be with any number of things.”
“I can’t fix this. It’s just a great loss but thankfully we’ll see him someday. I have a feeling he’s on a great lake out there.”