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Boy Scout shoots self: 12-year-old dies in apparent suicide at camp

A Boy Scout shot himself at Camp Fiesta Island
A Boy Scout shot himself at Camp Fiesta Island
Photo via YouTube/ABC 10 screencap

Reports out of San Diego indicate that a Boy Scout shot himself Monday morning at a camp in what is believed to have been a suicide. The boy died at the scene, but there are a lot of unknowns at this point. The U-T San Diego shared the latest details on Tuesday.

The 12-year-old boy was from Las Vegas, and the incident was reported at about 7:35 a.m. on Camp Fiesta Island. The boy and a handgun were found in a tent, and the boy had a gunshot wound to the chest. Emergency personnel attempted to save the boy, but he died at the scene. His name has not been released. Early reports indicated that he shot himself in the head, but authorities have since indicated that the shot was to his torso.

The group of 20 Boy Scouts had arrived at the camp on Sunday and were slated to stay through Saturday. The boy's father was at the camp with the group, but it is not known where he was at the time of the shooting. So far it is also unclear where the gun came from. While initial reports indicated that the shooting was a suicide, the investigation continues into the incident where the Boy Scout shot himself.

The camp is said to offer Boy Scouts an opportunity to earn a variety of merit badges. Most of the camp's offerings are centered around water activities, and there is no shooting range there. The site is leased by the scout organization from the city.

NBC San Diego reports that despite the fact it seemed the gunshot was self-inflicted, authorities are interviewing witnesses. Investigators now indicate that the boy may have been shot more than once, though they have not shared anything more specific than that yet. Reports indicate that there were no eyewitnesses to the actual shooting. Though it is believed this was a suicide, that determination will not be officially made until an autopsy can detail the bullet's trajectory.

The Camp Fiesta Island campground will be closed to outsiders until the investigation has been completed. There are said to be about 400 campers from various scout groups at the campground when the Boy Scout shot himself. Camp for those there will continue as scheduled, but the tone for those there definitely is not what is normally seen there.

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