Teen kills himself by accident at ‘safest’ gun range
The Florida teen accidentally fatally shot himself at what is described as “possibly being one of the safest indoor shooting ranges ever designed.”
The 14-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the neck at High Noon Guns in Sarasota, investigators said. Paramedics rushed him to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where he died later that day.
Investigators did not name the boy.
Describing the safety measures in place at the gun range, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that owner John Buchan had examined other ranges before helping to design his own. The walls reportedly included panels that reduce noise and absorb stray rounds, the newspaper reported in 2013. “It’s as safe as we could make it,” Buchan said.
The range reportedly doesn’t allow children under 18 to fire guns there unless an adult is with them. However, kids under 14 — accompanied by an adult — can shoot for free.