While debate continues around the rights and wrongs of allowing hunting in some Australian national parks, a tragedy in America has highlighted the dangers that guns can bring.
A 60-year-old grandfather was toasting marshmallows over a campfire with his grandchildren when he was struck and killed by a wayward bullet.
Glenn Martin was camping with his family in Pike National Forest in the state of Colorado when the tragedy occurred.
His daughter, Carlie, told Colorado’s 11 News that her dad was just sitting in his campchair when a wonderful family experience turned into a nightmare.
“He just went down and said, ‘Ow,’, she said. “”Roasting marshmallows one minute, the next minute you just … blood. It’s not supposed to be like that.”
Apparently, gunshots had been heard in the area throughout the day. Carlie said they reported it to forest rangers and thought it had been taken care of. She told 11 News they didn’t hear any more gunshots until the moment her dad was hit.
According to police, it was likely an ‘errant’ bullet that killed the grandfather. They told 11 News that they were yet to determine how far away the shot was fired from, but do know it was fired from a high-powered rifle. They believe it is possible that the shooter still does not know what they have done.