30-year-old Justin Brueger, of Bennettsville, South Carolina was cleaning his gun Sunday night when he unintentionally discharged the weapon. The bullet hit his 8-year-old son, Easton, in the stomach.
Easton died at the hospital of his injuries.
Brueger has been arrested and charged with unlawful conduct toward a child. Police say Brueger put his son at unreasonable risk by pointing the gun in his son's direction while he was cleaning it.
"I want to say I'm very sorry to my son," said Brueger at his court appearance.