LAKELAND, Fla. - Detectives are investigating after a 71-year-old Clermont man died when he was shot while shooting clays at the Tenoroc Mine Shooting Range.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office said the incident happened at 9:40 a.m. Sunday at the shooting range at 3755 Tenoroc Mine Road in Lakeland.
Deputies said 71-year-old Larry Simpson died of a single gunshot wound to his upper torso while he was shooting clays at the range with a friend, Dr. Jaime Gonzalez, of Orlando.
According to statements made to detectives by Gonzalez, he was at a shooting station and Simpson was operating the remote control for the clay machine. Gonzalez said he heard a shot directly behind him and when he turned around, he saw that Simpson had a gunshot wound to the upper torso and Simpson's shotgun was laying beside him, said deputies.
Gonzalez called for help and he started resuscitation efforts. When deputies arrived, authorities said they utilized an automated external defibrillator in an attempt to revive Simpson.
A short while later, Polk County EMS arrived and determined Simpson was dead. The scene was secured and investigators and PCSO crime scene personnel responded to conduct the investigation.
Deputies said an autopsy will be performed by the medical examiner's office. At this point in the investigation, detectives said they do not know how the gunshot wound to Simpson occurred.
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