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Boy Scout shooting: 12-year-old shoots self in head at camp

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A 12-year-old Boy Scout has apparently shot himself in the head at a camp. The deadly incident occurred just after 7:30 on Monday morning in the 1000 block of Fiesta Island Road. The Bo Scouts of America are hosting a summer camp at that location, according to a Washington Times report on Monday. According to San Diego authorities, the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Initial reports have not given information regarding the circumstances surround the shooting. The type of weapon involved in the deadly incident has not been revealed either. What is known is that the camp focuses on aquatics activities. There are not shooting ranges – and apparently no shooting activities – at this particular Boy Scout camp.

A homicide lieutenant, Mike Hastings, spoke with media and said that the young boy was found in a tent after having suffered from at least one gunshot. He said that some sort of handgun was found near the boy. Though authorities were able to get the gun away from the boy, it was reportedly too late to save him. All attempts to resuscitate the youngster were without success, according to Hastings.

About 20 Boy Scouts arrived in San Diego at the camp on Sunday. They were from a Las Vegas troop. The camp was supposed to last for a week. Hastings said that there was a Boy Scout leader as well as the boy’s father at the camp. Authorities plan to interview the two.

According to the U-T San Diego publication, Kevin Brennan, a volunteer at this camp site for about four years, was at the camp when he saw police vehicles arriving at approximately 7:45 a.m. The 54-year-old man said that he heard what he thought were gunshots, but he says he wasn’t alarmed by it. Brennan said that it’s absolutely tragic. He asserts that there are accidents during Boy Scout activities, but he’s never seen an accident like this.

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