This is a sad case.
MONTE CRISTO, Rich County — A 14-year-old boy riding in his family’s car during an afternoon drive was shot and killed Sunday by nearby target shooters who apparently weren’t aware of their backstop.
The boy, identified by family as Zackary Kempke, of North Ogden, was riding with his father, mother and a young girl on a dirt road in a remote area of the Monte Cristo range about 3 p.m. when Zackary, who was in the back seat, was shot in the head, police said. He died immediately.
The shot was determined to have come from another family that was target shooting several hundred feet away, Rich County Sheriff Dale Stacey said.
According to the target shooter and several other witnesses, “They did not know there was a road downrange and could not see the vehicle as it traveled on the road due to thick brush and trees,” a statement from the sheriff’s office reported.
Even though accidental shootings are at an all time low, we cannot give ourselves a break: Be dogmatic when it comes to Gun Safety.
If you don’t see a point of impact kicking up dirt, you may want to double-check.
“You are morally, fiscally and legally responsible for the terminal resting place of every bullet you shoot.”