A Tri-State community mourns the loss of a local teenager. Authorities said 15-year-old Haley McManus of Fort Madison accidentally shot herself to death.
It happend Sunday morning at a gun club near Montrose, Iowa.
After hearing about Sunday’s shooting death, safety is top of mind for Steve Mixer and his grandchildren at the Tri-State gun club.
“They knew that if they broke a safety rule, we were getting the car and picking up the guns and going home because it’s just that important,” said Mixer.
Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber said deputies and medical personnel responded to the club Sunday morning around 10:40. That’s where they found 15-year-old Haley McManus suffering from a gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Weber said the entire community is shaken.
“Family and school you know. the people that went to school with her,” said Weber. “This affects the community as a whole so everyone needs to take a step back and let the family and friends grieve.”
While this appears to have been an accident, Weber said the investigation into how the shooting happened is ongoing.
“I know everyone wants to know what happened,” said Weber. “Give us time to figure that out because even the folks that were there don’t know. So just be patient and let the investigators do their job.”
Meanwhile Mixer says he spoke with his grand kids about the accident, calling it a terrible tragedy.
“There’s nothing major about firearm shooting. You can make them as safe as you want to or you can handle them in a very dangerous form. We teach the kids don’t be afraid of the firearm, respect the firearm,” said Mixer.
Sheriff Weber said an autopsy on that teen’s body is set for Tuesday. They hope to be able to provide more information after that.