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8-year-old boy dies in hunting accident

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -– An 8-year-old boy is dead after an accident while hunting with two older boys Friday afternoon. It happened near a house on Soup Haire Road just outside of Elizabethtown.

According to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, the three boys were playing in a yard when the parents left to go to Elizabethtown. The boys decided to go squirrel hunting with a .22-caliber rifle they had taken from a house. One of the older boys dropped the rifle and it went off, hitting the 8-year-old in the side. He was airlifted to Chapel Hill, where he later died.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, the Bladen County Department of Social Services and North Carolina Wildlife officers are investigating the case.

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