In Orange Park (Clay County), Florida, a senior from Bartram Trail High School in St. Augustine (St. Johns County), Florida (Anthony Tyrone Lewis) was shot and killed with a handgun. His 15 year old stepbrother was found with the handgun. Anthony Tyrone Lewis was only 19 at the time of the incident. The State Attorney and the Orange Park (Florida) Police Department will conduct an investigation into the death of Anthony Tyrone Lewis. The story was reported in the Jacksonville Times Union at Bartram Trail High School Senior Shot in Orange Park.
It is tragic that a high school student died as a result of either gun violence or an accidental shooting. It is unclear from the news report as to how the shooting took place. This tragedy and others show the importance of gun safety especially when there are teenagers or children in the house. The State Attorney and Police will investigate the incident to determine the following:
Was the gun a legal firearm?
Who was the registered owner of the gun?
Was the gun properly secured prior to the incident?
How did the stepbrother gain access to the gun?
Did the owner of the gun know that teenagers could or would access the gun?
Was there negligence on the part of the gun owner or homeowner where the shooting took place?