Teen fatally shoots self with pawn shop gun

LAKE CITY, Fla. -- A teen walked into American Pawn on Southwest Main Blvd., asked to see a gun, then shot himself in the head, according to the Lake City Police Department.

Police confirmed that the incident happened just after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning when 19-year-old Brandon Lee Klatt of Deerfield Michigan requested to see a shotgun from the display.

Once Klatt had the unloaded gun in his hand, he began to back away from the counter, then took a shotgun shell out of his pocket, loaded the gun and then shot himself.

Klatt was taken to Shands Lake Shore Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 10:58 a.m.

Klatt's family was notified this afternoon.

Chief Argatha Gilmore said, "This is a very tragic incident to occur in our community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Klatt family in Michigan for the loss of their son and loved one, and also to the employees of American Pawn who witnessed this young man take his life."


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