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A weekend squirrel hunting trip in Connelly Springs turned tragic when a loaded 410 shotgun fell off a moving golf cart and discharged striking William Reynolds age 13 of Hickory NC. He succumbed to his injuries latter at Grace Hospital in Morganton after rescue personnel transported him from the scene. The accident is under investigation by North Carolina Wildlife Commission but investigators do not expect charges to be filed in this case. None of the news stories I’ve read have said whether or not William had taken a hunter safety class but there was adult supervision present on the hunt.
“He went out with a friend of mine, and they were going to celebrate his birthday a week late and do some hunting,” said his mother, Lucy Huffman Reynolds.
“What I’ve been told is that he (William) was driving a golf cart when it happened. It hit a bump, and he let go of his gun to grab the wheel with both hands. … The gun slipped backward. It hit the back of the cart and went off.
“He fought to the bitter end for his life,” she said.
This is such a tragic ending that didn’t have to happen. Firearms should always be unloaded prior to being put into a vehicle. I hope that people learn from this accident and we don’t have any other families that have to go through this nightmare.