January 14, 2019

From AL.com

An 11-year-old boy was killed Sunday in a hunting accident in Dallas County.

Authorities are not publicly releasing the boy’s name but said he was found dead about 5 p.m. in a shooting house in Orville.

Dallas County Coroner Alan Dailey said the boy, who is from Tuscaloosa County, was in Orville with his older sister and other family friends on a parcel of land the family leases for hunting. The group split up and the boy got into a ground-level shooting house alone about 2 p.m.

As it began to get dark, the older sister went to look for him. “They called out to him and he didn’t answer,’’ Dailey said. She went into the shooting house and found her brother unresponsive.

Dailey said investigators believe the boy died from a single gunshot wound to the head. “His rifle was in there with him,’’ he said. “He was not a novice. He had hunted before.”

The death remains under investigation by the Dallas County Sheriff’ Office and the Alabama Department of Fish and Wildlife. His body has been taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for autopsy. “Everything points to it being accidental,” Dailey said.

The coroner said he responded to a similar accident when he first took office in 2004. In that case, a 13-year-old boy was accidentally shot and killed when his gun discharged as he was climbing down from a tree stand.

“I hate it for the family,’’ he said. “It’s just so sad.”

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