A 14-year-old Weber County boy died Sunday afternoon after government say he used to be accidentally shot and killed whilst riding in a car with his family close to target shooters in a far flung house in northern Utah.
Zack Kempke and his family had been riding across the Monte Cristo house of Rich County, taking footage with the autumn leaves to ship to his older brother, who’s serving a challenge in Oregon for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, mentioned Kempke’s uncle, Cory Hopkins.
Kempke used to be sitting in the again seat of the family car as his father drove them out of the mountains to go back house, when a bullet broke during the window and struck Kempke in the top, in keeping with the Rich County Sheriff’s Office.
“About 3 or 4 (p.m.), they were driving out of Dairy Ridge up on Monte Cristo, back in there several miles, coming out when my brother-in-law heard an explosion,” mentioned Hopkins, who the family requested to talk to media.
When Kempke’s father grew to become round to seem into the backseat, he noticed Kempke were shot, Hopkins mentioned.
Kempke died straight away, Hopkins mentioned.
The family drove up the mountain to get in vary of cellular carrier, after they spotted other people at the ridge, Hopkins mentioned. The other people had been target-shooting about 200 yards from the place Kempke used to be when he used to be shot, Hopkins mentioned, confirming the sheriff’s experiences. The shooters discovered a spot to name police and returned, Hopkins mentioned. They had been cooperative, Hopkins mentioned.
The target shooters later advised police that they didn’t know there used to be a street down vary, the sheriff’s place of work mentioned in a information liberate, and didn’t see the automobile at the street on account of thick brush and bushes in the world.
“Investigators from several agencies worked past dark on Sunday and several hours on Monday to reconstruct the scene,” the scoop liberate states. “At this time, it appears to have been unintentional.”
Kempke, a ninth-grader at North Ogden Junior High, used to be “the center of attention whenever we had family get-togethers,” Hopkins mentioned.
“He would dance and play and was a practical joker, active in academics and in plays,” Hopkins mentioned. “Just a good young man.”
No arrests had been made, and no fees had been filed as of Monday.
“The family doesn’t necessarily want charges filed because it’s a tragedy on both sides,” Hopkins mentioned. They additionally don’t need Kempke’s loss of life to develop into a subject in a gun regulate debate, Hopkins mentioned.
Authorities have now not launched the identities of any of the ones concerned in the capturing.