A Boy Scout shoots himself in the head grabbed the headline news today, but new details are emerging in the Boy Scout’s death at Fiesta Island in San Diego. According to San Diego police, investigators, a forensics team, and witnesses, the 12-year-old Boy Scout was not shot in the head but in his torso, and whether or not he shot himself or was shot by someone else still needs to be determined, reports San Diego’s NBC News on June 30.
Previous reports that the Boy Scout was 11 years old, and that he shot himself into the head are now being replaced by new information stating the teen was 12 years old and that he was shot in the torso, not in the head. Investigators in the case decline to comment whether the boy was shot only once or several times.
“Investigators said Monday afternoon that the boy may have been shot more than once in the upper torso, but would not say where the scout was wounded or how many times he was shot.”
Whether or not the Boy Scout committed suicide or not will have to be determined by the medical examiner. The bullet’s (or bullets’) trajectory will be a key indicator whether the gun was in the hands of the Boy Scout or someone else. The gun was found on the floor in the tent, but officials have not commented on how far away the gun was from the boy’s body.
The Boy Scout camp at Fiesta Island in Mission Bay in San Diego is a camp that focuses on aquatic activities like swimming, sailing, or kayaking. Boy Scouts usually stay at the camp for the entire week. There is no shooting range at the camp, and there is no reason why anyone would have a gun there. The 12-year-old teen had arrived with his troop of about 20 scouts at the camp on Sunday from Las Vegas. The Boy Scout’s father was a chaperone for the troop and was at the Fiesta Island Youth Camp and Youth Aquatic Center on Monday morning.
Police officers arrived at the Fiesta Island Boy Scouts camp around 7:35 a.m. after reports of gunfire. Officials found the child in the tent, “suffering from at least one self-inflicted gunshot wound,” according to San Diego police.
Officials have not shared whether or not the 12-year-old Boy Scout was sleeping in a tent by himself or whether he shared a tent with someone else. While Boy Scouts usually share a tent with someone else at a camp, it is not unusual for a teen to choose to sleep alone in a tent.
“As of Monday evening, no arrests had been made.” An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday.