Great Falls High School student dies in shooting accident

BLACKSTOCK -- A Great Falls High School freshman died Sunday when he wasaccidentally 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 theaccident happened around noon, said Cpl. Shane Stuart of the ChesterCounty Sheriff's Office. Mills' age was unavailable late Sunday.

The two boys were coming out of the woods near Old Winnsboro Road when thefriend tried to put down his shotgun and it fired, striking Mills in thehead, Stuart said.

The friend then called 911 and said he had accidentally shot his bestfriend, Stuart said. Mills was pronounced dead at the scene.

Although investigators are still trying to figure out exactly how theshotgun went off, Chester County Sheriff Robby Benson said all indicationspoint 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 incidentlike this -- you feel for both families."

Today counselors will be at the school in case students need someone to talkto, 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 avery nice young man."

Mills was the grandson of former Great Falls Mayor James Baker.