WBBJ-TV reported on Monday that Tennessee State Bomb and Arson Investigators, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Henderson County Sheriff’s Department were all looking into the Sunday deaths 48-year-old Terry York and his son, Luke.Video of news report at the link.
According to family members, York’s AR-15 rifle accidentally discharged while he was in a back room of their home showing it off to some friends. The discharge ignited a small fire, which “did not seem too threatening at first,” they told WBBJ-TV. The blaze apparently grew out of control after Luke entered the room to help his father put out fire.
That’s when witnesses started hearing explosions.
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Investigators did say that York and his son were discovered just steps away from the exit, but may have been blinded by the smoke while trying to escape.
I have little to add other than there are no excuses for 'accidental discharge" of any firearm and that despite all the talk too many people just DO NOT treat these things with the care and respect they need to.
Another tragedy that COULD have been prevented.