William Shook: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

William Shook shot at Boy Scout Camp, Fiesta Island San Diego


Twelve-year-old William Shook died after being shot Monday morning at a San Diego Boy Scout camp, cops said.

The shooting took place at a camp on Fiesta Island. Cops originally ruled William’s death a suicide, but are now awaiting autopsy results to determine his cause of death.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. William Was Shot in the Torso

Cops originally said the boy shot himself in an attempted suicide. But shots were fired into Shook’s torso, so cops are waiting for the official results of the autopsy to determine cause of death. It’s unclear how many times Shook was shot.

2. His Dad Was at the Camp as a Chaperone

According to KTNV, John Shook, a personal injury and social security lawyer in Las Vegas, is William’s father.

William’s mother is Julie Shook, also an attorney in Las Vegas, KSNV reports. According to NBC San Diego, William’s father is a Scout leader and was at the camp when William died.

3. Cops Think William Brought the Gun to the Camp

According to KTNV, cops believe William brought the gun from Las Vegas to the summer camp in San Diego. The gun was unregistered and later recovered by police on camp grounds.

4. The Camp Does Not Have a Firearms Program

Camp Fiesta Island is located on San Diego’s Mission Bay and features several aquatic activities for campers including kayaking, surfing and sailing. The camp is open for eight weeks total, with each session lasting one week. There is no firearms program at the camp.

5. The Camp Is Continuing as Usual

According to NBC LA, parents have not been told to pick their children up from camp and the day will continue as scheduled.

Kevin Brennan, a volunteer at Camp Fiesta Island, told The San Diego Union-Tribune he had heard what sounded like gunshots Monday morning, but wasn’t worried. He said of Shook’s death, “It’s absolutely tragic. Occasionally, there are accidents during Boy Scout activities, but I’ve never seen an accident like this.”

Bob Jones, whose grandson was at the camp and the same age as Shook, told the Union-Tribune he, “would never expect that [a shooting] at a Scout camp.”