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A 17-year-old kid accidentally shot and killed his friend during a hunting trip

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A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed by a friend in a hunting accident late Friday afternoon, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF).

The game commission says the incident happened on private property on Mt. Carmel Road in Charlotte County around 5:20 p.m.

VDGIF says a 17-year-old boy was hunting and mistook his 16-year-old friend, who was hunting with him, for a deer. The 16-year-old died at the scene.

The victim, according to VDGIF, was standing in an "agricultural field" and was shot from about 150 to 200 yards away.

The hunters were both wearing blaze orange gear, had taken hunter education, and had the appropriate hunting licenses, according to VDGIF.

Because the teens are minors, their names will not be released. The 17-year-old is from Cullen, Virginia, while the 16-year-old was from Phenix, Virginia.

The victim's body was transported to the medical examiner’s office in Richmond. The incident remains under investigation by VDGIF.

(Sinclair Broadcast Group contributed to this report)

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