Reidsville, NC -- An autopsy released Wednesday morning confirms 14-year-old Tyler Hodge died from a BB gun shot to the head.
Hodge was in the woods near Baker Crossroad Road in Reidsville around 4:30 p.m. Sunday when he was shot. Hodge was in the woods with friends as part of a family gathering and birthday celebration.
Deputies say a friend who was with Hodge ran out of the woods to find help. The friend stopped a car and said Tyler was accidentally shot with a BB gun.
The gun was a Daisy 880 Rifle pump, investigators said Wednesday.
Rescue teams searched for more than two hours to find Hodge. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Rockingham County Sheriff's Deputy Dean Venable said this is the first time in his 30 years of law enforcement that he's heard of someone losing their life because of a BB gun shot.
In North Carolina, there is no law that states a person has to be a certain age to use a BB gun, unless they live in one of 17 counties. Those Counties include Anson, Caldwell, Caswell, Chowan, Cleveland, Cumberland, Durham, Forsyth, Gaston, Harnett, Haywood, Mecklenburg, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Union and Vance Counties.
n those counties, children must be older than 12 to use a BB gun with a parent or guardian present because they are considered "dangerous firearms."
In all other counties, including Rockingham County, BB guns are not considered "dangerous firearms." However, it is a misdemeanor crime for anyone to have a BB gun on school property.
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