Gun found near Las Vegas Boy Scout was unregistered, police say

The gun found near the body of a 12-year-old Las Vegas Boy Scout who died Monday in San Diego was unregistered, according to the San Diego Police Department.

Detectives said the gun was likely brought to San Diego by the boy, identified Tuesday as William Shook, police said in a statement. William was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound about 7:30 a.m. It wasn’t immediately clear how he obtained the gun.

William was part of a Las Vegas Boy Scout troop that went to San Diego for a week-long camping trip. The troop arrived Sunday, police said.

He was the son of former Clark County prosecutor Julie Shook, who left the District Attorney’s office last year, and John Shook, a local defense attorney. John Shook was a chaperone for the troop, which had about 20 scouts at the camp.

His death is still under investigation, said San Diego police Lt. Mike Hastings.

“This is an extremely sad day for our entire Scouting family,” said Boy Scouts of America spokesman Deron Smith. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and all those who experienced this tragedy.”

Police said crisis intervention workers and clergy members were helping witnesses.

“Our top priority is providing support to our community and for those in the grieving process,” Smith said. “Grief counselors are on site and available to support those who are involved.”

Contact Alexander Corey at or 702-383-0270. Find him on Twitter: @acoreynews.

Contact Kimber Laux at or 702-383-0381. Find her on Twitter: @lauxkimber.

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