A 13-year-old boy has died after being shot during a hunting
expedition in Devon on Saturday evening. Police said it appeared the
teenager was a member of a small party who were out hunting foxes.
Detectives think the teenager could have been shot in
mistake for a fox in the dark. The boy, who has not been named, was
the grandson of the farmer on whose land the incident happened in the
Harberton area of south Devon.
The youngster was in a small party which was hunting
by the "lamping" method - using lights to spot prey.
There were at least three adults and three teenagers in the hunting
Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman Sgt Alan Mobbs said: "At
the moment it is an unexpected death, and we are investigating the
circumstances." The boy suffered a single bullet wound in
the incident, he said. It is understood an adult member of the
the shot which hit the boy. No one has been arrested in connection
with the incident.
Other members of the shooting party tried to revive the
teenager at the scene before the arrival of paramedics. The Devon and
Cornwall Police helicopter flew the youngster to hospital in Exeter
where he later died. A full forensic post mortem will be carried out
later on Sunday by a Home Office pathologist.
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