Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Monday, June 11, 2012

17-year old Utah boy unintentionally shot by older brother while camping

Cameron Bryce Charlton, age 17
17-year old Cameron Charlton idolized his older brother, 27-year old Eric Charlton, who was a Marine.  Cameron wanted to be a Marine just like his brother.  Cameron and his older brother, along with a friend, were camping in northern Utah and were drinking alcohol and sitting around the campfire in the early morning hours when Eric decided to show off his "firearms techniques" with his .45-caliber handgun.  

The gun discharged and shot Cameron in the head, killing him.

From an article:

Orme said investigators don't believe the shooting was the result of any fight, but said a lot of alcohol was involved. 
'It doesn’t appear to be an argument at this point, more of just visiting, a discussion,' the sheriff said. 'And then the gun was brought out and it discharged.' 
Orme said Eric Charlton, who is in the military, owned the gun and brought it camping for self-defense. 
'Mix alcohol and firearms and you have a recipe for disaster,' he said. 
'You have a whole family that is traumatized by this.'

Eric has now been charged "with a second-degree felony count of manslaughter and misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and carrying a dangerous weapon under the influence of alcohol."

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