2-year-old shot, killed at Alleghany County campground

Authorities contacted at 6:30 a.m. Friday

ALLEGHANY COUNTY, Va. – A death investigation is underway after a 2-year-old was shot and killed at a campground near Lake Moomaw, according to the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities received a call at 6:30 a.m. Friday that a juvenile had been shot at the Morris Hill Campground.

When they arrived, they learned the juvenile was a 2-year-old child, who was pronounced dead on the scene.

Officials would not provide any details on how the shooting occurred. Virginia State Police and the Forest Service are assisting the Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.

Chief Deputy Matthew Bowser with the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office asks the community to keep the family in their thoughts.

“Dealing with any incident related to a gun shot wound is tragic and very somber but when children are involved it hits a spot where it’s I don’t know how a parent would react, having children of my own it’s just a tough, tough time,” Bowser said.

The child and his or her family are not from the area.

There is no threat to the public, according to the Sheriff’s Office. No arrests have been made at this time.

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Annie Schroeder joined the 10 News team as a reporter in June 2020 and is no stranger to Southwest Virginia.