Teen hunter shot, killed after being mistaken for a deer

Posted: Updated:
(CNN WIRE) -

A Georgia hunter was fatally shot after being mistaken for a deer by another person in his hunting party, police said.

Bobby Lane, 17, was in an area of heavy foliage on Saturday when he was thought to be an animal by another hunter, the Glynn County Police Department said in a press release.

Lane was taken to a nearby hospital where he later succumbed to his injury, police said.

The two hunters knew each other, police said.

"Apparently he shot through the bush, thinking it was a deer and it happened to be my cousin," Lane's cousin Michael Rawling told CNN affiliates WFOX/WJAX.

Lane had a "heart of gold," his cousin said.

"You don't expect anything like this to happen to a child," Rawling said. "It's very hard. Very, very hard."

The scene has been secured as the Glynn County Investigators and Georgia Department of Natural Resources investigate the shooting.

The department has said deer hunters should be using bows during this season. Firearms will be allowed for deer hunting starting October 19.

Officials say Lane was shot with a rifle, the TV station reported.

The-CNN-Wire
™ & © 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSNewsMore>>

  • Recent string of fatal accidents, cops trying to curb problem

    Recent string of fatal accidents, cops trying to curb problem

    We've had a string of deadly crashes in Kakeland this week.  One even taking the life of a 17-year-old. An insurance company has ranked Wichita in the top 40 for bad drivers, when it comes to accidents, speeding and drunk driving. Kellogg and Broadway is one of the highest location for accidents in Wichita, and it's getting more attention from police. Red and blue lights were flashing Wednesday morning in an effort to reduce accidents. "They wrote 23 citati...

    We've had a string of deadly crashes in Kakeland this week.  One even taking the life of a 17-year-old. An insurance company has ranked Wichita in the top 40 for bad drivers, when it comes to accidents, speeding and drunk driving. Kellogg and Broadway is one of the highest location for accidents in Wichita, and it's getting more attention from police. Red and blue lights were flashing Wednesday morning in an effort to reduce accidents. "They wrote 23 citati...

  • Commissioners approve $2.6 million to Sheriff's Office

    Commissioners approve $2.6 million to Sheriff's Office

    The Sedgwick County Detention Center has a problem that finally reached a financial breaking point. 

    The Sedgwick County Detention Center has a problem that finally reached a financial breaking point. 

  • Kansas woman arrested for 20 counts of animal cruelty

    Kansas woman arrested for 20 counts of animal cruelty

    Christi Lynne Shaffer was arrested Wednesday for 20 counts of animal cruelty and three counts of permitting a dangerous animal to be at large.  

    Christi Lynne Shaffer was arrested Wednesday for 20 counts of animal cruelty and three counts of permitting a dangerous animal to be at large.  

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have pictures to share with us? Email them to news@kake.com.

MORE SLIDESHOWS HERE