11-year-old SC boy dies when rifle discharges

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ABBEVILLE, S.C. – An 11-year-old South Carolina boy has died after his rifle accidentally fired as he climbed down from a hunting stand.

Multiple media outlets reported that John Michael Evans of Abbeville died about an hour after he was struck in the head shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday.

Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley says the boy was in a deer stand in a tree with a friend when he started climbing down and dropped his .22-caliber rifle and it fired.

Ashley says no autopsy is planned. The coroner and sheriff's deputies are investigating.

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DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 07/11/09 - 10:39 am
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Parents teach your children

Parents teach your children gun safety and hunting safety.

inkpup
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inkpup 07/11/09 - 11:48 am
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Amen.

Amen.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 07/11/09 - 11:54 am
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Is it deer season right now?

Is it deer season right now? Did you know a .22 is the number one gun of choice for poachers?

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Tujeez1 07/11/09 - 12:24 pm
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Perhaps Andy, the boy was

Perhaps Andy, the boy was hunting on a crop depredation permit. Let's hope this tragedy won't get the sortid theorists posting like so many times before. My thoughts and prayers go out to this young man's family.

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disssman 07/11/09 - 12:51 pm
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I was raised on a farm and

I was raised on a farm and learned gun safety at a very young age. I don't remember sitting in a tree and calling it hunting! In any event we were taught to never chamber a round until we were prepared to shoot, period. I am surprised at the age of the kid but his parents probably felt he had enough judgement to handle himself with a small bore weapon. I feel sorry for the child, his friend and the parents that now must finish their lives wondering what they did wrong. A terrible tragedy for all concerned.

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coolette 07/11/09 - 02:13 pm
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I have always heard my

I have always heard my friends say they supervise their kids climbing into the deer stand and they are to stay there until the adult supervises them climbing down! Especially at that age!

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gmt 07/11/09 - 04:38 pm
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No mention in the story that

No mention in the story that the boys were hunting. The could have just been out shooting.

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Just My Opinion 07/11/09 - 07:35 pm
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What a awful, horrible shame!

What a awful, horrible shame! How terrible that friend must feel, having seen his buddy accidentally shot, and later die. I pray for the whole family and everyone involved. For the record, the reason he was in the stand is pretty irrelavent at this point. Later, people can learn from it, but now is the time to pass condolences for this child.

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justus4 07/12/09 - 05:32 am
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Where are the charges?
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Where are the charges? Where's the permit? Oh, this is a non-minority so the law will believe whatever the witnesses say...sounds fishy though.

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