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VA: Teen killed in Isle of Wight hunting accident

Teen killed in Isle of Wight hunting accident

ISLE OF WIGHT

A Smithfield teen shot and killed himself today as he was about to go hunting with a friend.

Patrick Elito Edwards, 17, grabbed a 12-gauge shotgun by the barrel as he was getting out of his pickup truck around 9:45 a.m., Sheriff Charlie Phelps told WVEC.com. Edwards was struck in the face.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is calling the incident an accident, said Julia Dixon, a spokeswoman.

Dixon said conservation officers are investigating the shooting. She would not release the name of the victim because of his age.

Isle of Wight investigators told WVEC.com that Edwards and his friend had driven into the woods across from his Moonlight Road home to look for a deer they had seen a few days ago. His brother, Albert, told WVEC.com that Patrick Edwards was not a hunting or shooting novice.

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