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15-year-old girl killed in Jefferson County hunting accident

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

JEFFERSON COUNTY –A 15-year-old girl was shot and killed on Monday in what investigators are calling a “tragic accident.”

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, just after 5 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a shooting in the area of Valley Ford Road and Buford Road in the Adger Community.

They arrived to find a 15-year-old female suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. She was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.

“Information at the scene is that the teen and an adult family friend had been on a youth hunt at the location,” the report stated. “As they were preparing to leave, the girl climbed down out of the tree stand. As the friend was passing her rifle down, it discharged and the teen was struck.”

The name of the teen is withheld pending notification of family.

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