BLACKSTOCK -- A Great Falls High School freshman died Sunday when he was accidentally shot in the head by a friend, authorities said. Raymond Odell "Buck" Mills of 2630 Ross Dye Road in Blackstock died from a shotgun wound, authorities said.
Mills and his 16-year-old friend were returning from a hunting trip when the accident happened around noon, said Cpl. Shane Stuart of the Chester County Sheriff's Office. Mills' age was unavailable late Sunday.
The two boys were coming out of the woods near Old Winnsboro Road when the friend tried to put down his shotgun and it fired, striking Mills in the head, Stuart said.
The friend then called 911 and said he had accidentally shot his best friend, Stuart said. Mills was pronounced dead at the scene.
Although investigators are still trying to figure out exactly how the shotgun went off, Chester County Sheriff Robby Benson said all indications point to an accidental shooting.
Benson said the boys were longtime friends.
"It was bad," Benson said. "I've been to a lot of shootings, but an incident like this -- you feel for both families."
Today counselors will be at the school in case students need someone to talk to, said Great Falls assistant principal Brenda Fort.
"It's pretty devastating," she said.
Mills was polite, easygoing and loved the outdoors and his family, she said.
"Everything I knew about him was very positive," Fort said. "He was just a very nice young man."
Mills was the grandson of former Great Falls Mayor James Baker.