17-year-old hunter shot and killed in Georgia after being mistaken for deer

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Monday, September 30, 2019
Georgia teen fatally shot when hunter mistook him for deer
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Bobby Lane was killed when another member of his hunting party shot him, mistaking the teen for a deer

BRUNSWICK, Georgia -- A Georgia family is in mourning after a tragic hunting accident. A teen was shot to death as he was mistaken for a deer by another hunter in his group.

Police said 17-year-old Bobby Lane was in an area of thick foliage when a friend accidentally shot Lane, thinking he was a deer.

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

The friend drove Lane to a nearby gas station where they met emergency responders. Lane was rushed to a hospital, where he later died.

"You never think of anything like that, you know -- a 17-year-old kid," Rawling said. "It's very hard. Very, very hard."

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