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12-year-old killed in Wake Forest hunting accident

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James Lee Parker (Family photo, courtesy WTVD)

WAKE FOREST, N.C. — A 12-year-old boy was fatally shot Friday morning in Wake Forest in what authorities are describing as a hunting accident.

The victim has been identified as James Lee Parker.

Parker’s grandfather, Jimmy Parker III, tells WRAL the boy was hunting deer with his father, uncle and teenage stepbrother around 8 a.m. when he was accidentally shot.

The group was about 100 yards in the woods near the 1600 block of Bent Road, WRAL reports.

According to WTVD, the boy’s father called 911 saying his son had died.

Authorities have not said how the shooting occurred.

Parker, who was a 6th-grader at Phillips Middle School in Edgecombe County, had hunted since he was four years old, WRAL reports.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison described the incident as “a tragedy.”