FARMINGTON – Police say a man was shot by his adult brother at the Lagoon campground Friday night.
According to Farmington Police Lt. Parish Snyder, the two brothers were inside an RV at the campground at around 9 p.m. when they were both “showing off” their handguns to each other.
Snyder said one of the brothers accidentally discharged his weapon, striking the other brother in the abdomen.
The injured man was transported via ambulance to the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray with non life-threatening injuries, according to Snyder.
He was listed in stable condition late Friday.
Snyder said the incident was being investigated as an accidental shooting, with no charges pending, although he expressed concern over the timing and location of the shooting.
“People should use extreme caution anytime they use a handgun,” said Snyder. “With the proximity of so many people in a nearby amusement park, a crowded campground on a weekend and the thin walls of a camper, they were lucky no one else was hurt.”
Snyder also pointed out that both hand guns were legally possessed by the men, but could not comment on Lagoon’s gun regulations.
Lagoon’s online rules for the amusement park state that “…Possession of firearms, knives, chains, or weapons of any type as determined by Lagoon” are prohibited inside the park,” and that the “Park” includes “…all Lagoon property including the parking lot, perimeter property, Annex building, Lagoon A Beach, Pioneer Village, and Lagoon Campground.” (emphasis added)
The Clipper contacted Lagoon spokesperson Adam Leishman, who clarified that while the park prohibits guests from carrying guns in general, management has no legal right to prohibit guests from possessing weapons inside their vehicles. He noted that campers and recreational vehicles are considered by law as personal property, where it is legal to possess firearms.
“We’d prefer they didn’t bring guns at all, but we’re not going to start conducting vehicle searches,” said Leishman.
Speaking of Friday’s incident, Leishman added, “We’re very alarmed by it.”