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VA: Ferrum student killed, another injured in hunting incident

November 18, 2009

Ferrum student killed, another injured in hunting incident

One Ferrum College student was shot fatally in the chest and another was injured in a hunting-related incident near the campus in Franklin County yesterday, authorities said. College spokeswoman Natalie Faunce said an area resident was deer-hunting near the campus and mistook students for deer.

The incident occurred about 4 p.m. as three students were walking along an access road in a wooded area near an industrial property about a mile west of campus, authorities said.

The hunter told authorities he heard a rustling and fired once from a high-powered rifle, hitting two of the three students. The hunter was taken into custody, authorities said, but no charges have been placed.

One of the students, a young woman, was shot in the chest and killed, authorities said. The other, a young man who was walking with his arm around her, was shot in the hand, authorities said. The male student's injury was described as not life-threatening. Officials declined to identify either student.

The hunter apparently called 911 after the incident, Faunce said.

College officials released the following emergency alert shortly after 5 p.m.: "Off-campus hunting accident. No danger to campus. One casualty. More information to follow.".

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