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Hunting accident said to be fatal

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It happened Tuesday evening on Willis Gap Road.

RICHMOND — Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries officials have released the name of the 50-year-old Fancy Gap man killed in a hunting accident on Tuesday.

Sansford Ray Semones was mistaken for a deer and shot by accident at 375 Willis Gap Road on private property, according to a report by Conservation Police Officer George Shupe. He was not wearing blaze orange.

A 13-year-old juvenile shot Semones from a distance of 159 yards after mistaking him for a deer, the report said.

The gun used was a Night 50 caliber muzzleloader, according to authorities. 

The shooter has a hunting license and had completed a certified hunter education course, as did Semones.

The investigation is ongoing, according to DGIF officials.

 A report of the shooting came into the Carroll County Sheriff's Office at approximately 6 p.m. Tuesday. Deputies secured the scene.