VA: Virginia Man Killed in Hunting Accident
April 27, 2010
Virginia Man Killed in Hunting Accident
Investigators believe a Central Virginia teen is the one that pulled the
YALE - A Virginia man is shot and killed at a local hunt club and
investigators say the person who pulled the trigger is a teenager from our
The shooting happened Saturday in Yale near Sussex County, about an hour
south of Richmond involving the Flagtail Hunt Club.
A 17-year-old is suspected of shooting and killing a man he may have
mistaken for an animal. Witnesses say the teen kept saying he didn't mean to
shoot the victim. It's a tragic mistake hunters say can easily be make
during wild turkey season, because in Virginia it's not a requirement to
wear blaze orange.
The Flagtail Hunt Club straddles the Southampton-Sussex County line.
Hunters swarm the area in the spring to get a shot at taking home a bird,
but Saturday afternoon, after a shotgun blast, gaming was the last thing on
every hunter's mind.
Allan Rader, 61, of Franklin never made it out of the woods. Police say
the retired mailman died before medics could transport him.
His brother, Sid Rader, says "He felt like being in the woods was like
being next to God."
The victim lived with his brother and sister-in-law in Virginia Beach.
Rader says, "It's a shocker. It's very difficult for my wife and I both
because he had become a regular member of our household."
Hunting was a huge part of Allan Rader's life, his brother says he died
doing what he loved. The surviving Rader also says he can't be upset with
the 17-year-old Petersburg boy who police say got excited and prematurely
pulled the trigger.
Sid Rader says, "This poor kid has to live with it the rest of his life.
My brother may have been at fault or maybe he was, but it was an accident
and for that I can't hold a grudge."
The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is in charge of the
investigation, a decision about whether the teen will or will not be charged
hasn't been made.
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