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19-year-old killed while hunting in Wayne County

Posted November 30, 2015

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— A 19-year-old man was killed while hunting Sunday morning in what appears to be an accidental shooting, according to a neighbor and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Bailey Lynch, a graduate of Charles B. Aycock High School, was hunting with a member of his girlfriend's family when one of the men's rifles got caught on a low-hanging tree branch and accidentally discharged, killing Lynch.

The other man immediately called 911, but emergency vehicles had trouble getting to the wooded area off Capps Bridge Road in the northwestern part of the county.

Neighbor David Holloman said he was drinking coffee and watching the news when he heard shooting in the woods behind his home.

"These boys grew up hunting, so it's not unusual to hear shots around here," Holloman said. "They've all grown up being responsible hunters, but unfortunately accidents happen."

The wildlife commission declined to release any other details, citing its ongoing investigation.

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  • Jeff Freuler Dec 1, 2015
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    Had the weapon been pointed in a safe direction, regardless of what causes it to discharge, it would have never happened.

  • Joseph Mallard Dec 1, 2015
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    It was a very preventable accident. Weapons should not be loaded and locked, until you are in the place you are going to hunt. When walking to and from stands, "accident's" like this can happen. Is it worth it?

  • William James Dec 1, 2015
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    It's easy to jump to the conclusion these teens were being reckless or not following gun safety rules, but plenty, literally thousands of professional shooters, military, police, and hunters have accidently discarded a firearm at some point. Sure in theory if you follow the gun safety rules and properly clean your gun accidents won't happen, but real life isn't a logic problem. Not to mention it could have been a gun malfunction.

  • Caroline Marie Dec 1, 2015

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    The story has been updated. The color he was wearing did not matter. It was an accident.

  • Joseph Mallard Dec 1, 2015
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    Calm down there slick. This is completely different from the first article that WRAL posted. Remember that they are more concerned with speed of reporting, not accuracy.

  • Joseph Mallard Dec 1, 2015
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    not anymore. Hunting is permitted on Sunday morning until 9"30 then again from 12:30 till dark

  • Jeff Freuler Nov 30, 2015
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    It's said that this young man was killed while hunting.

    It could have easily been prevented if the gun safety rules would have been followed and obviously they were not being followed

  • Scott Wharton Nov 30, 2015
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    Hunting is legal on Sundays now.

  • Tom Laurence Nov 30, 2015
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    Praying for Bailey's family and friends during this very difficult time.

  • Erika Phipps Nov 30, 2015
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    Isn't it a shame sir that you can't delete your post? #1 because what you guessed was wrong, and #2 your callous know-it-all attitude serves no one but yourself.

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