A Florida teen reportedly died at a Deerfield Beach shooting range in an apparent suicide on July 2, Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The 14-year-old, Vincent “Vinnie” Colonna, shot himself while he was with his father at the Gun World gun range, the Broward Sheriff’s Office reported, according to CBS Miami.
Vinnie’s father confirmed he was at the same range at the time of the shooting, but couldn’t say exactly how it happened.
“I don’t know how. I was sitting down actually. Next thing I know, he was on the floor,” he told the news reporters.
Broward sheriff’s deputies, detectives, and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue personnel responded to the scene. An investigation into the incident is still ongoing.
Vinnie’s grandmothers, Henrietta Colonna and Ana Rosen, also raced to the gun range as soon as they heard of the tragic incident.
Colonna, whose son is Vinnie’s father, had asked her grandson not to go to the range.
“He said, ‘Grandmom, one more time.’ I said, ‘All right.’ Always careful, he was always careful,” she said.
Rosen struggled to cope with the teen’s death.
“I lost a daughter not long ago and now my grandson that meant the world to me.”
The gun range bills itself as a state of the art, environmentally-friendly shooting range with a gun shop on its premises.
Gun World addressed the death in a Facebook post Friday.
“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,” Gun World owner Kim Waltuch wrote.
“It was a very sad situation,” she told the news teams.
Source: CBS News