January 6, 2016- Richmond County, VA
Keith Williams, age 60, died after he was shot in a hunting accident over the weekend.
According to ABC 8 News, Williams was participating in an organized hunting party of about 45 to 50 people at the time of the shooting. The shooter, 45-year-old Wavely Veney, reportedly mistook Williams for game and discharged one round of buckshot from a 12-gauge shotgun.
Williams was airlifted to VCU Medical Center, where he eventually succumbed to gunshot wounds in the torso and pelvic area. Williams was wearing blaze orange at the time of the shooting.
Veney has since been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter, hunting without the proper licenses, violation of a protective order, reckless handling of a firearm and attempting to take deer unlawfully. ABC 8 News reports that Veney was not legally permitted to have a gun due to a protective order against him.
In Virginia, all hunters must be licensed by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; which includes the completion of a ten-hour mandated hunter education course specifically designed to promote hunter safety. Hunting without the proper licenses and permits is not only illegal; it can contribute directly to tragic accidents like the one described above.