DENVER -- A Brighton family is mourning the loss of a teenager who was killed in a hunting accident near Salida on Saturday. 14-year-old Ian Muro apparently shot himself with a rifle as he, his parents and his grandfather returned to their truck on the first day of elk hunting season.
"Everybody's in shock and nobody can believe it," said Andrew Otto, Muro's grandfather. "It's like a nightmare you could never even have ever in your life."
Muro was ahead of the group when they heard a shot ring out. His father followed his son's tracks in the snow and discovered his body on the ground.
"He knew there was something wrong when Ian didn't respond," he said. "And he saw the bullet hole in his chest and the gun lying on top of him."
Otto said the rifle's safety was off. He said it was a horrible scene.
"I mean the hardest thing I've seen in my life is my grandson lying there in the woods," he said. "I can't get the image out of my head."
Otto said the Prairie View High School student was well-schooled in gun safety. Chaffee County investigators are looking into the incident. An autopsy on Muro will be performed on Monday.