BOHANNON, Va. (WAVY) — Officials with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries have confirmed that a 13-year-old boy from Mathews County died from a hunting accident Thursday evening.
Officials say that the victim was accidentally shot with a shotgun by a 17-year-old boy while the two were hunting on private property in the Long Lane and Myrtle Grove Avenue area of Bohannon.
According to department officials, the victim was in front of the shooter, and had knelt-down as he attempted to a shoot a deer. As the shooter was also attempting to shoot at the same deer, the victim stood up and came into the line of fire.
The 17-year-old boy called 9-11 immediately ran to the nearest hose and called 911. Officials have not said if the 13-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene or if he died at the hospital.
There were no adults with the two juveniles, but officials believe that the two were near one of the boys’ homes.
Deer hunting season had just begun last weekend, and the two juveniles would be legally allowed to hunt if they were on their parent’s property.
Officers are back on the scene today investigating the incident.