Labor Day Weekend Hunting Accident Kills 12 Year Old


Fred Fuller
September 9, 2004, 04:10 PM
This happened not too far from my home. On Saturday I had given my neighbor's boys (ten and thirteen, the ten year old isn't hunting yet) a warning about hunting too close together or to other youngsters in the dove field. This accident points out the reasons why that is important. There should have been a responsible adult overseeing each young hunter at best, at least there should have been someone making sure that the kids didn't get too close together.

There was only one firearms hunting fatality in the whole state last year (the other three fatalities involved falls from treestands). This is a tragic way to start the hunting season.

I am particularly sensitive to this issue, when I was a youngster one of my cousins accidentally killed his brother in the same circumstances.


Child killed in hunting accident

Matt Elofson-Staff writer

MAXTON - A 12-year-old Red Springs boy was shot to death by his 10-year-old cousin in a hunting accident near Maxton on Monday, sheriff's Lt. Ken Sealey said.

Allen Michael Jacobs, of 2931 Blue Springs Road, Red Springs, in Hoke County, was shot in the back of the head with a 20-gauge shotgun after he walked in front of his cousin, Sealey said. They were dove hunting at the time.

"They were sitting on buckets at the edge of a woodline waiting for the birds to fly over and when a few birds flew over, they all stood up and started shooting," Sealey said. "Allen Jacobs walked in front of the 10-year-old and was accidentally shot in the back of the head."

Sealey said the shooting has been ruled an accident but is still under investigation. Sealey said it is unlikely anyone will be charged in the accident.

The shooting occurred in a cornfield at the edge of woods in the Smiths Community near McGirt Gin Road at about 4:30 p.m. Sealey said there were about 13 family members on the hunting trip.

Jacobs' stepgrandmother, Gloria Jacobs, was struggling with the death of her child, especially after losing her own 12-year-old son in a hunting accident nearly eight years ago.

"I think it should be against the law for a child to have a gun even if they're with a parent, otherwise these types of accidents will still happen," Jacobs said. "Right now I'm destroyed because it's bringing back old memories from when my son was killed. Because it's the same exact way my son was killed ... shot in the head with a shotgun."

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Standing Wolf
September 9, 2004, 04:58 PM's the same exact way my son was killed ... shot in the head with a shotgun.

Some families learn; some don't.

Carlos Cabeza
September 9, 2004, 05:46 PM
Doesn't thirteen hunters sound a bit crowded ? I've never been in a dove hunting party of more than three.

September 9, 2004, 06:31 PM
Obviously, the kids should've been given better instructions if they're walking in front of each other's firing lines.

Some families learn; some don't.

Must be in the genes.

September 9, 2004, 06:38 PM
Something similar happened to a friend of mine, only they were duck hunting and he was far enough away that he only got a few pellets lodged in his skin, the rest bounced off. I would be very leery of taking kids that young hunting, especially more than one!

September 9, 2004, 07:24 PM
In WI, each child would have to have been accompanied by one adult, the kids would all have been through a hunter safety program, and 12 or over. There were far too many hunters too close together. Safety while hunting is a subject I stress with my sons, I've had some close calls, and a friend from work's nephew was shot while turkey hunting this spring. He was wounded, but fortunately survived. He's looking forward to deer season. It's sad to see a young hunter wounded or killed while enjoying the great outdoors. :(

September 9, 2004, 07:33 PM
I almost shot my Wife's brother-in-law that way.

We were hunting rabbits, he had a real nasty habit of running or jumping
in front of others so he could get the shot.

It was the last time I hunted with the guy!!!!!


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