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Boy Scout shoots self: 11-year-old boy's death has too many unanswered questions

Can an 11-year-old actually commit suicide by shooting themselves? A modern-day tragedy crept into an old-fashioned outing with the Boy Scouts today, as one of the boys was found shot and is now dead. This young boy's death is a tragic incident that authorities are trying to sort out as this death happened while the child was attending a Boy Scout camp, according to the New York Post on June 30.

Boy Scout shoots self: Questions unanswered in what looks like an 11-year-old boy's suicide.
Boy Scout shoots self: Questions unanswered in what looks like an 11-year-old boy's suicide.Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images

While some media outlets are reporting this shooting as a suicide and saying that the boy died from a gunshot wound to the head, police claim this is not the case. The boy was found with a gunshot wound to the chest and while it appears to be a suicide, police are still not sure if this was a suicide or an accidental shooting, according to USA Today.

Police were called to a Boy Scout camp in San Diego on Monday morning at 7:30, the caller said that a boy had shot himself in the head. When police arrived it was clear that the boy was shot in the chest. Police Officer Matt Tortorella said he could not confirm what the many media outlets are reporting, which is the boy’s death was a suicide and not the result of an accidental shooting.

The boy was found in a tent with a handgun nearby and he was suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. That much he did confirm. The paramedics responded to this 911 call, but the boy’s injury was too serious and attempts to resuscitate the child at the scene were unsuccessful.

The investigation is geared to finding the owner of this gun and finding out how the handgun ended up at a Boy Scout camp where firearms are strictly forbidden. The dead boy’s father was among the chaperones of this week-long camp and police are interviewing him and the other adults as well as the other boys at this camp.

These scout troop is from Las Vegas and they arrived over the weekend to spend the week at this camp on Fiesta Island in Mission Bay Park. One of the camp volunteers, Kevin Brennan, 54, heard what he said sounded like gunshots, but he didn’t think anything of it. He also said “It’s absolutely tragic.”

This is a camp the boys come to for sailing, camping and to build leadership skills. It is during this week-long camp that scouts earn their merit badges. Grief counselors were sent in to work with this group of 20 kids from Las Vegas who were with the boy who is now dead today. What really happened at this Boy Scout camp? Check back for updates.