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WI - 12-year-old kills 14-year-old while hunting

Posted on Fri, Nov. 25, 2005

Green Bay boy fatally shot while hunting

Associated Press

PESHTIGO, Wis. - A 12-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed a 14-year-old boy while deer hunting in Marinette County, authorities said.

The 14-year-old had just participated in a deer drive at a relative's farm near Coleman and was walking toward a vehicle when he was shot in the back Thursday afternoon, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The 12-year-old wasn't familiar with the shotgun he was using for the deer drive and apparently thought the safety was on, the DNR said in a news release. He was carrying the shotgun while walking with a group of people and was not trying to shoot deer at the time.

Marinette County Coroner George Smith identified the victim as Robert J. Slattery of Green Bay. He died while on the way to a hospital.

His death was the third fatal shooting accident during the state's nine-day gun deer season, which ends Sunday.

A man was accidentally shot in Burnett County, and a woman was accidentally shot in Chippewa County. Both were participating in deer drives, when hunters walk through fields or woods to drive deer toward other hunters.

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