Florida police have announced that a 14-year-old boy shot himself in a Miami gun range on Thursday afternoon. The shooting is being investigated as a possible suicide, according to CBS Miami.
Vincent Colonna was with his father at the Gun World gun range when the teen suffered what authorities are suggesting was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said Colonna was airlifted to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, as reported by New York Post.
The teen’s grandmothers, Ana Rosen and Henrietta Colonna, rushed to the gun range upon hearing what happened. Rosen told reporters that she had just spoken to the boy’s father before the incident occurred.
“He said he was doing this thing, shooting his weapon as he normally did then he said he looked up and he was on the ground,” she said.
Henrietta Colonna noted that she had told her grandson not to go to the range that Thursday.
“He said, ‘Grandmom, one more time.’ I said, ‘All right.’ Always careful, he was always careful,” she said.
The indoor gun range requires anyone under the age of 18 to be accompanied by an adult at all times. To shoot, however, range-goers must be 13 years and older. All shooters must sign a range release waiver. CBS Miami couldn’t ascertain if the waivers were signed during Thursday’s visit.
Gun World owner Kim Waltuch addressed the 14-year-old’s death in a Facebook post.
“Life is precious. The loss of a child is like no other! My staff and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family of the young boy who chose to take his life yesterday,” she wrote.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident and will decide whether to turn it over to the State Attorney. From there, the State Attorney will determine if the father bears any fault.
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