With the COVID-19 virus essentially shutting down most of the country, people are finding ways to get out and about the best they can. Families are looking for new ways to entertain their children, especially with schools out and so many places closed. Apparently, shooting ranges in Smyrna, Georgia remain open during this epidemic. Sadly, an accident at a Smyrna gun range turned into tragedy for one family.
An 18-year old teenage boy had gone to Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, Georgia on Thursday afternoon. He was there with his family. The victim’s name has not been released at this time, perhaps because of his young age. The shooting range is located on South Cobb Drive in Smyrna.
The teen had arrived at the shooting range and was advised of all the safety guidelines. He is also said to have watched the safety video as required by Adventure Outdoors and the teen had signed off on the company’s release form. As required by law and company policy, the teen was accompanied by an adult.
The teenager was apparently holding a family member’s gun when the gun accidentally went off. The young man shot himself in the head and was immediately rushed to the local hospital. He was, sadly, pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
The police are still investigating the accident. They said that, so far, there do not appear to be any charges pending in relation to the accident. They did not indicate if the gun malfunctioned or is there was something wrong with the handgun. We imagine more information may be released once the investigation is concluded.
If you or your loved one are injured while at a shooting range, make sure to contact our office as soon as possible.