San Diego police investigators are unable to determine if a gunshot that killed a Boy Scout at a San Diego camp in June was intentional or accidental, NBC 7 has learned:
San Diego police say, based on their investigation. 12-year-old William Shook somehow got the unregistered gun in Las Vegas and brought it to San Diego while on a camping trip.
Shook was then shot inside his tent while camping on Fiesta Island Monday, June 30.
San Diego police say another boy was in the tent and a third boy was outside when the shooting happened.
The investigation has now been handed over to the Las Vegas Police Department.
Officials in San Diego initially reported that the scout shot himself in the head. However, investigators later said the boy was hit in the torso and it was unclear how many times he had been shot.
The boy’s father, a scout leader, was present at the camp.
The Boy Scouts of America runs a summer camp on the patch of land in the middle of Mission Bay from June to August, offering merit badge opportunities in everything from kayaking to SCUBA to fire safety.
The location focuses on aquatics activities and does not include a shooting range.