“Authorities have identified the father and son involved in an apparent fatal target shooting accident in Box Elder County Saturday evening,” Utah’s fox13now.com reports. “The incident occurred at about 4 p.m. when 27-year-old James Shurtz and his father Glenn were out shooting targets in a remote area off of State Route 30, approximately 20 miles west of Snowville . . . The Shurtz’s had multiple targets set up at different ranges and were shooting at them with a high-powered rifle.” And here’s where they went wrong . . .
“Father and son were alternating positions; one would shoot and the other would be downrange as a spotter.
When Glenn Shurtz was shooting, the release states, James Shurtz was in position downrange acting as a spotter.
“James was struck by a single round from a .30 caliber rifle,” the release states.
James Shurtz was shot in the chest.
And he died. I guess we need to change that fourth gun safety rule to “know your target and what’s beyond it…and what’s in front of it and what’s next to it.” Unless there’s more to this story that meets the eye. In any case, don’t be that guy. Or that guy’s father.