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17-year-old mistakenly shot when fellow hunter mistakes him for a deer


A 17-year-old hunter was fatally shot by a friend who mistook him for a deer as they staked out the animals in heavy woods in Georgia.

Police identified the youth as Bobby Lane, with local newspaper The Brunswick News giving his age.

Lane was hunting with his friend, Hector Romero, in a densely wooded area, Glynn County Police said. Glynn County lies on the coast of Georgia about halfway between Savannah and Jacksonville, Fla.

Police said the two friends had gone out hunting together in the Myers Hill area.

“During their hunt, Bobby Lane was in an area of heavy foliage, and was allegedly mistaken for a deer,” police said. “He was shot by Hector Romero, who helped transport Bobby Lane to the Friendly Express.”

Cops got the call at 6:58 p.m. Saturday. Romero, along with a group of hunters who were also in the area, took Lane to the convenience store, where they were met by an ambulance. Lane was taken to Southeast Georgia Health System’s Brunswick hospital but died there.

“The scene is currently secure, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has been called in to conduct an investigation of the incident, along with Glynn County Investigators,” police said in a statement. “This investigation is ongoing, and more information will be released when it has concluded.”