Teen was hunting when accidentally shot to death, friends say

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A teenage boy was accidentally shot to death Tuesday afternoon in the Ash area of Brunswick County, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say they responded to a wooded area near Inman Road shortly before 4:00 p.m. Tuesday and found David Purifoy, 14, wounded from a single gunshot.  He was taken to Brunswick Community Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

According to David's friends who were with him when he died, the group was hunting squirrels after school in an area of the woods they are familiar with.  They say David was talking on his cell phone in a tree stand when the gun fired.  A bullet struck David and he fell out of the tree.

David's friends said they did all they could to keep him alive by giving him CPR and calling 911.  They called David's mom to let her know exactly where they were, and she was able to talk to her son before he died.

According to NC Wildlife Officer Matthew Crisco, David owned the gun he was using a the time.  It was a single-shot break action shotgun.

David had taken a hunting safety course within the past year and had a hunting license, according to the father of one of David's friends.  They say David enjoyed hunting, fishing and everything about the outdoors.

School officials in Brunswick County said David was in the eighth grade at the Waccamaw School in Ash.  A crisis team was set up at the school Wednesday to help grieving students.  They send their thoughts out to David's family.

Crisco said the shooting has been ruled accidental and no charges will be filed.

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