7 Year Old Killed In Hunting Accident East Nelson Co. – Updated 10AM – 11.28.10

The general area in East Nelson County near Wingina where the hunting accident took place.

Near Wingina
Nelson County, Virginia

The obit on the 7 year old victim, Connor Ryan Craig, from The Daily Progress in Charlottesville.

Updated 10AM EST 11.28.10 to include statement from VA Dept of Game & Inland Fisheries

Updated 8PM EST 11.27.10
Nelson Sheriff David Brooks, sadly, tells NCL this evening the 7 year old that was shot in an accidental shooting Saturday afternoon has died. Sheriff Brooks says the tragic accident happened when the 7 year old and his 10 year old brother were hunting in the eastern section of Nelson County.

The case was turned over to the VA Dept of Game and Inland Fisheries, here is their statement:

Nelson County
Single Hunting Fatality involving Two Juveniles

At approximately 4 p.m. today, November 27, 2010, on private property in the Wingina/Warminister area of Nelson County, two juveniles were involved in a single fatal hunting incident. A father took his 7-year-old and 10-year-old sons hunting. The 7-year-old shot at a deer with a pellet gun. He did not strike the deer. The 10-year-old went to shoot with a 410 shotgun and as he raised the firearm the 7-year-old ran into the line of fire and was struck in the back by a single shot. The child was transported to UVA Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. No names are being released since the incident involved juveniles. Conservation Police Officers with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries are still at the scene and investigating the incident.

Our NCL thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Original Post @ 4:30 PM EST
Nelson County Sheriff David Brooks tells NCL that his agency and rescue officials are working a serious call at this hour in the Wingina area of Nelson County. That is near the James River. According to Sheriff Brooks the victim is a 7 year old boy who is believed to have been accidentally shot while on a hunting trip in the Warminster area of the county.

As of this post, Nelson Sheriff Brooks confirms rescue is underway along with a medivac helicopter enroute to the area for transport.

More details as we have them.


  1. I can only imagine what this family is going through during this difficult time and the days, weeks and years to come.

    This father was continuing a great tradition of taking his boys hunting over the Thanksgiving Holiday just as my father did and I with my son.

    I listened to the beat of the helicopter wings as it passed over our home yesterday afternoon and never thought that it may be on the way to rescue a friend’s child.

    Proof once again that precious life can be taken in the blink on an eye. May we live each minute as if it were out last!

    My prayer is that the family will someday find peace in knowing their son is in Heaven and they have the opportunity to be with him again.

    Frank, my family and church is praying for yours.


  2. This is the zenith of irresponsible parenting. A ten year old with a 410, and a seven year old running with the hunting party…and religion as a salve. Pitiful……no excuse.

  3. I never knew that irresponsible parenting was when i wanna take my kids out hunting and a FREAKEN Freak Accident happened i wanna know how you think that you will ever be the perfect parent and if you really think so i wanna a list of what you would have done with your kids you freaken jerk!!! Let us all wish for the best for this family and my he rest in peace.

  4. Bill Allen,
    Why don’t you take your wacko opinions and move back to where you came from. You are the pitiful one with no excuse. We dont need or want your kind here. Post somewhere else on the internet.

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