David Atherton, a Stoneham, Massachusetts, firefighter was shot and killed in a horrific incident late Tuesday night, CBS Boston reports.
The Middlesex District Attorney's Office said Atherton, 24, was drinking with 23-year-old Patrick O'Connor in a home and that the two were "passing a gun back and forth pointing it at each other" around 11:10 p.m.
"It appears the fatal shooting may have been an unintended consequence of this behavior," Meghan Kelly, a spokesperson for the district attorney's office, said in a statement Wednesday.
When we think of guns as tools, or worse yet toys, we simply fail to respect them for what they really are. Instruments whose sole purpose is to end life.