A 15-year-old Alabama girl was fatally shot in a hunting accident Monday, authorities said.
Alyssa Scott, an Oak Grove High School sophomore, was with an adult family friend on a youth hunt when the shooting occurred in Jefferson County, WIAT-TV reported.
The teen was climbing down from a tree as the pair was preparing to leave. The friend then passed Alyssa a rifle which accidentally discharged, striking and wounding the teen, according to the station.
Jefferson County sheriffs deputies received a call of a shooting after 5 p.m. and found Alyssa with a gunshot wound at the scene. She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Oak Grove High School Principal Pam Dennis described Scott as a great young lady.
She was a big member of the band, Dennis told Al.com. Positive, fun-loving supportive student,”
She lived life to the fullest. She always put others before herself, the principal continued. She was happy all of the time. She loved to make people laugh.
An investigation indicated the shooting was an accident.