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Teen Boys' Hunting Trip Ends in Tragic Shooting

December 21, 2003

By TEARSA SMITH

6 News Reporter

POWDER SPRINGS (WATE) -- A 13-year-old Grainger County boy was killed Saturday in a possible hunting accident. Police say the boy's 13-year-old playmate may have been the shooter.

With just three days before Christmas, the victim's family and the alleged shooter's family are grieving over what took place.

Emergency crews arrived to the wooded mountain in the Powder Springs area around 3:00 p.m. Saturday to find Adam Mabe shot to death.

"They was just out. They was just being little boys," said Adam's sister-in-law, Loretta Mabe.

"Just out, just out running around. Shouldn't have been. I guess just at a bad place at a bad time."

Loretta Mabe was the only family member who agreed to speak on camera.

"He was like one of my kids," she said. "Him and my daughter was a year and a half apart. They grown up together."

"[The family is] taking it really hard. Really, really hard. He's going to be missed by a lot of people."

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says Adam was shot while his friend and he were hunting. The boy was struck in the chest with a .30-caliber rifle.

Danny Arrowrood offered his help. He says he knew both boys well.

"I came down and the EMS workers were here," Arrowrood said, "and the man that I rode out with said he could use some help getting him off the ridge up there.

"Both just good little country boys. They were never in trouble or anything.

Just riding their four wheelers and shooting their guns."

Adam's family is devastated by their loss. They have been in contact with the alleged shooter's family.

"Friends, they were friends," said Loretta. "They were good friends. It was just a tragic accident."

Loretta told 6 News the family is going through hard times financially and doesn't have much insurance, but what they need most now is "prayers, prayers, prayers. A lot of prayers."

An investigation into the shooting is ongoing. So far, no charges have been filed.

The Grainger County Sheriff's Department and the TWRA are conducting a joint investigation.

Donations of money for the Mabe family can be given to Cooke's Mortuary in Maynardville.

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