Mother Stunned Over Teen’s Apparent Suicide At Gun Range

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DEERFIELD BEACH (CBSMiami) – A day after her 14 year old son’s tragic death at a shooting range, a Tamarac mother says she believes it was an accident.

On Thursday, 15-year-old Vincent Colonna died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to BSO.

Colonna had gone to Gun World on Powerline Road for a practice session with his dad.

Family members said Vincent was practicing and at one point his dad glanced over to see his son slumped on the floor.

“I know there was nothing wrong. I know Vincent was happy. He did not commit suicide,” said a grieving Joanna De Colonna from her Tamarac home.

In fact, she says she spoke to Vincent Wednesday night. They were planning a staycation at the beach for the 4th of July holiday.

He was also getting ready for a couple of chess tournaments.

“He was really excited going to the tournament. Everything was in order. It was an accident,” his mother said.

According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, there is surveillance inside the range and they talked to witnesses about what happened before determining Vincent took his own life

De Colonna says she’s gotten little information on the shooting and was discouraged from seeing the surveillance.

“I’m a mom. I don’t care what’s on the tape. I want to see it,” she said.

His mother said Vincent will be laid to rest Wednesday and she would like her son cremated.

“I want to put the ashes in a teddy bear so that I can keep close to me,” she said.

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