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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 license.

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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