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8, 9-year-old boys shot, killed man on tractor, SC sheriff says

62-year-old Danny Andrew Smith was found slumped over the steering wheel of a running tractor. Smith had been shot once in the back.

WESTMINSTER, S.C. — Investigators say an 8-year-old and a 9-year-old boy have been charged with killing a man who was shot with a rifle while cutting down brush in a South Carolina field. 

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says both boys shot at Danny Andrew Smith with a rifle as he rode his tractor in the field near Westminster on June 23. 

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The sheriff says Smith was shot once in the back, but investigators charged both boys because they both fired the gun in Smith’s direction. 

The boys are charged as juveniles in Family Court and their names were not released.

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