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Aynor man kills younger brother in apparent hunting accident

Associated Press

AYNOR, S.C. - A 21-year-old man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after he killed his younger brother while thinking he was shooting at a deer, authorities say.

Michael G. Sellers fired his shotgun after seeing some movement in a field outside his Aynor home Tuesday evening, said his father, Michael J. Sellers.

"My younger son was out in the field and my older son thought he was inside the house," the father said. "Michael saw some lights in the field and thought he was a deer."

James Edward Sellers, 18, was struck in the left shoulder, then the bullet went into his chest, Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said.

"All I could do was hold my hand over the spot that was bleeding," his father said. "There was nothing I could do."

Michael G. Sellers was charged with involuntary manslaughter because police think he didn't intend to hurt his brother, Horry County Police Sgt. Bob Carr said.

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