NC: Two NC Boys Killed In Separate Squirrel-Hunting Accidents
Two NC Boys Killed In Separate Squirrel-Hunting Accidents
Raleigh, NC -- A 14-year-old in Brunswick County and an eight-year-old in
Raleigh both died Tuesday after accidental shootings.
David Purifoy, 14, was hunting squirrels with a group of friends after
school Tuesday when he was accidentally shot, according to WECT-TV. Friends
told the TV station Purifoy was talking on his cell phone on a tree stand
when the gun fired and he fell out of the tree.
The friends said they were able to keep the teenager alive long enough
after dialing 911 to call his mother and let them speak before he died,
according to WECT.
The father of one of Purifoy's friends told the TV station Purifoy had
taken a hunting safety course within the past year and had a hunting
In an unrelated incident, eight-year-old Ty-Rion Henry was accidentally
shot by his grandfather the same day in Raleigh.
The child's mother, Brianne Henry, told WRAL-TV that Daniel Henry, her
father, was shooting at squirrels outside and placed the pellet gun at the
foot of the stairs. The child was going down the stairs when his grandfather
picked up the gun to make sure the safety latch was on, when he accidentally
hit the trigger, according to Brianne Henry.
A pellet from the gun went through the boy's eye and lodged in his brain.
Doctors later determined he had no brain activity.
Charges are not expected to be filed in either incident.
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