Va. Boy Dies after Being Shot While Hunting

June 16, 2012

A 12-year-old Washington County boy who was shot while hunting groundhogs has died.

Washington County Sheriff's Lt. Byron Ashbrook tells media outlets that police believe the shooting was accidental. The sheriff's office is not releasing the child's name.

Ashbrook says the boy was hunting Wednesday with his 15-year-old brother in a field off Goose Creek Road when he was shot in the head. He died Thursday morning at a hospital in Bristol.

The shooting is being investigated by the sheriff's office and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

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