A 12-year old boy from Las Vegas was found dead of a gunshot wound at a Boy Scout camp in San Diego.
San Diego police were called to a suicide attempt at the Fiesta Island Youth Camp and Youth Aquatic Center in Mission Bay at 7:35 a.m., Lt. Mike Hastings said.
Camp volunteer Kevin Brennan, 54, told the Union-Tribune he had heard what sounded like gunshots but didn’t think anything of it, he said. “It’s absolutely tragic,” Brennan said.
Officers found a gun in the boy’s tent. It’s not clear yet where the gun came from or how it got into the camp. Police were investigating whether the shooting was self-inflicted or accidental.
About 20 Scouts from Las Vegas arrived in San Diego on Sunday for the week-long camp on Fiesta Island in Mission Bay Park. The boy’s father and Scout leader were at the camp and were being interviewed by officers, police said.
There were no firearm programs or activities available at this camp, and Boy Scouts of America policy does not allow personal firearms at its events, organization spokesman Deron Smith said.
“This is an extremely sad day for our entire scouting family,” Boy Scouts of America said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and all those who experienced this tragedy. Our top priority is providing support to our community and for those in the grieving process.”
Parents have not been told to come and pick up their kids and camp will continue as usual.
The organization said grief counselors were sent to the camp.
According to the Boy Scouts of America website, the organization offers a week-long program in the summer where scouts can camp among sandy dunes, sail, kayak and earn merit badges.