Tragedy has struck a family in Sarasota, Florida.
According to The Tampa Bay Times, a 64-year old man named William Brumby was with his daughter and two sons at the High Noon Gun Range on Sunday when a horrible accident took the life of one of his children.
Both eye witness accounts and surveillance footage say that Brumby was firing rounds in a shooting lane next to a wall.
A short while later, one of the shell casings hit the wall, ricocheted off of it and dropped down the back of the man’s shirt.
Brumby, a father of seven, proceeded to use his right hand (which was holding the weapon) to attempt and remove the shell casing.
As he reached for it, however, he pointed his gun behind him and accidentally fired, hitting his 14-year-old son, Stephen, who was standing behind him.
After being transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Stephen passed away from his injuries.
We cannot begin to imagine how anyone in this family is feeling at the moment.
David Brumby, Stephen’s 24-year-old brother who was also at the gun range with his 12-year-old sister told a local ABC affiliate that Stephen was a sweet child.
"He was the most outgoing, gregarious, friendly, loving person you’d ever know," David said of his late sibling.
David, who was backed up by the medical examiner, also made it clear that his father did NOT point his gun at Stephen.
The bullet that struck his brother had gone up toward the ceiling and ricocheted down. It was a freak accident.
"No matter how calm you try to stay, there’s no way to wipe the images away from your mind of your little brother bleeding out in your arms," he said.
A GoFundMe page has been gone live to assist the family with expenses related to Stephen’s death.
It is unlikely that any charges will be filed against the father.