I would like to know what the father means by "there's no rhyme or reason." It's hard to get a feel from just the written word, for just what he meant by that or what he was feeling, but to me it sounds unbelievable. What kind of training and preparation had young Luke undertaken, do you think? I don't know who's worse the kid who put his head in front of the gun and ended up dead or the one who pulled the trigger. This is so far beyond violating the 4 Rules that I don't know what else to say.
COLUMBIA -- Tall and blond, David L. Dodenhoff had a casual style that made it easy to find friends, and, his mother, Connie, said, maybe slack off just a little on schoolwork.
Dodenhoff — those who knew him called him by his middle name, Luke — died Saturday morning, a day after he was accidentally shot in the head while target-shooting with a friend. The A.C. Flora High School senior was 17.
Richland County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Monique Mack said the teens were shooting on a property off Gatehill Road near Eastover when Dodenhoff was accidentally shot. The youth was airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland hospital, where he died.
“They were out there and doing some target shooting or shooting at small game,” Mack said. “The victim stepped in front of the gun while the other was aiming. It happened kind of simultaneously.”
Mack said the department is investigating, but the shooting has been ruled accidental. The second teen's name has not been released.
“It's just a tragic accident — there's no rhyme or reason,” Luke's father, David, said.
What's your opinion? As a gun owner do you think you could ever allow your 17-year-old to go out shooting with such an frightening lack of training? Or do you say this is just one of those accidents, could happen to anybody, and besides, percentage-wise they're rare as hens' teeth? Is that what you'd say?
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