Boy Scout, 12, dies from self-inflicted gunshot

SAN DIEGO — A 12-year-old boy died Monday morning after shooting himself in the chest at a Boy Scout camp on Fiesta Island, police said.

“When officer’s arrived they did locate a handgun at the scene,” said Lt. Mike Hastings.

Initially it was reported the boy had shot himself in the head.  The shooting was reported as an attempted suicide at 7:36 a.m., San Diego police Lt. Mike Hastings said. The boy was declared dead at the Fiesta Island Youth Camp.

12-year-old Boy Scout Dies From Gunshot WoundPolice originally said that the victim was 11 years old. At a mid-morning news conference, Hastings said he was actually 12 years old and arrived at the camp Sunday afternoon with a group of about 20 Scouts from Las Vegas. The group was scheduled to stay at the camp through July 5, Hastings said.

“We do have a scout master here along with other males, including the deceased’s father,” said Lt. Hastings.

The name of the boy was withheld. No information was released on the circumstances of the shooting, the kind of weapon involved or how the boy got hold of the weapon.

According to the Boy Scouts of America website, the organization offers week-long programs on the island in Mission Bay where scouts can earn a variety of merit badges.

Throughout the day parents and family of other scouts showed up at camp.  A mother from Chula Vista opted to pick up her 11-year old son.

“It’s for me, it’s for my sanity mainly I think he’ll be fine,” said a woman named Silvia.

Others wanted to see their scouts, but let them stay.

” l’d like to be able to see my grandson and make sure he’s ok,” said Bob Jones.

” I know my son is safe and he’s being taken care of,” said Lisa Uribe.  “But, just like every mother I hear something like this, they want their children in their arms.”