A child was shot dead when a gun went off while on a turkey hunting trip with his grandfather, North Carolina officials said.
The grandfather is said to have loaded items into the car when he closed a door and heard gunshots on Saturday May 7. That’s when he noticed the boy had been accidentally shot, according to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.
“Grandfather had no cell reception in the area so he drove until he was received with 911, followed their instructions and met an ambulance,” officials wrote in a statement. Press release.
The grandson was picked up near US Highway 220 Business and Dawson Miller Road in Asheboro, about 70 miles west of Raleigh. He was taken to hospital and then airlifted to another medical facility, officials said.
The boy is recovering in hospital after the shooting, which was reported after he and his grandfather hunted turkeys.
At the end of their hunting trip, deputies said the child ‘entered the front passenger area of the vehicle and the grandfather was loading the remaining items into the rear of the vehicle’. The grandfather was closing a car door when the child was hit, according to Randolph County officials.
“All evidence collected was consistent with the reported incident,” the sheriff’s office wrote. “The incident was ruled accidental. No charges will be filed.”