In a South Carolina hunting accident, a 6-year-old died after being shot by a 17-year-old. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources stated the child was in an elevated stand and was likely struck by a stray shotgun pellet from a ground shooter.
A six-year-old boy named Avery Davis tragically lost his life in a hunting accident in South Carolina on Friday, November 24, according to officials.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources stated that the young victim was in an elevated stand and seemed to have been hit by a stray shotgun pellet from a shooter on the ground.
Officials reported on Monday, November 27, that the Orangeburg County shooting is under investigation, with the incident being labeled as an "accident."
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is actively looking into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.
We continue to investigate the death of a 6-year-old boy killed in a hunting accident Friday morning in Orangeburg County. Though the investigation is still active, we have determined that this was an accident. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/aKD3p1ZyYw— S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources (@SCDNR) November 27, 2023
"Our sympathy remains with the child's family and loved ones," their statement continued.
Avery's cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound to the side of his head, as reported by the Orangeburg County Coroner.
Local NBC affiliate WIS-TV revealed that the stray bullet responsible for the tragic incident was fired by a 17-year-old.
It remains unclear whether the teenager will be facing any charges, according to reports from WIS-TV and USA Today.
Authorities are still assessing the situation and have not provided definitive information on potential legal consequences for the teen involved.
Jeremy, the father of Avery, expressed his profound grief in an emotional statement shared on Facebook.
He conveyed that he was "at a loss" for words and struggling to "process" the heartbreaking tragedy.
"There is so much to say about this bright soul and big heart but I don't know where to begin. Everyone that knew this boy of mine loved him," he said, adding
"He was a live wire that was known all across the country for his silly ways and love of the outdoors. He definitely got his money worth out of his 6 short years on earth."
In remembrance of Avery, teachers at his elementary school wore camouflage in his honor, reflecting his love for the outdoors.
The school also offered grief counseling to support students and staff in coping with the emotional aftermath of his tragic passing, as reported by WIS-TV.
“Avery was just the brightest little light. He was the bubbliest little boy with the best smile, fun loving, just all boy, loved to be with his friends, loved sports, and he was happiest in the woods,”
Avery’s first-grade teacher Francie Daniel told WIS. On Monday, November 27, Avery's family took his body to a local operating room to have his organs removed so they could be donated, the outlet reported.
"Avery is an organ donor and we are praying that he can save as many children as possible and I'm honored that his legacy can live on through others.
I couldn't be prouder of my son and rest assured he will never be forgotten."
"He was one of the toughest houndsmen, fisherman, outdoorsman, and athlete that I've ever known," the father said of his son.