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Fatal Christmas shooting appears accidental

December 27, 2013
Associated Press

DELTONA, Fla. (AP) — The family of a man who was fatally shot as he worked in his backyard on Christmas says they're living a nightmare.

Authorities said Thursday the shooting appears to be accidental but the investigation continues.

The person investigators believe fired the shot that killed 69-year-old Bruce Fleming admitted to firing the shot in a nearby yard. But Volusia County Sheriff's deputies say the man said didn't know his shot hit anyone.

Jessica Blackwell told the Daytona Beach News-Journal ( ) her father was working outside while Christmas dinner was being prepared. Fleming's son Joshua found him lying in the dirt, bleeding, and ran to call 911. The son then helped his father to the driveway. Crews arrived and took him to a hospital where he died a short time later.


Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal,



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