Irwin Co. High School football player hospitalized in shooting accident

Irwin Co. High School football player hospitalized in shooting accident

Berrien CO., Ga. (WALB) - An Irwin County High School football player has been taken to a hospital in Macon following a shooting accident, according to one of the assistant coaches.

According to Berrien County Sheriff Ray Paulk, it happened at 7:30 p.m. Monday at a residence on Enigma Turner Church Road at the Irwin, Berrien and Tift County lines.

School officials said the player, who they have not identified at this time, was shot in a freak hunting accident. However, Paulk said it does not appear to be a hunting accident at this time.

The sheriff said two 16 year olds, were involved. He said one was shot and the other claims it was an accident.

Paulk said the victim was responsive at the scene. He said he was taken to the Irwin County Hospital and was then transported to Macon.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called and is on the scene, according to Paulk.

Paulk said the shooter and the victim appear to be friends.

The Irwin County Indians are scheduled to play Manchester in Ocilla on Friday in the quarter-finals of the high school football playoffs this week with an undefeated season. This tragedy hits as Head Coach Buddy Nobles has been battling cancer this season.

We are working to get more information. We will provide updates as this story develops.

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