Monday, July 16, 2018

Sverdlovsk hunter shoots campers after mistaking them for boars

A hunter in the Sverdlovsk region shot three men on Friday after possibly mistaking them for boars in the middle of a local forest.

A group of four was were gathered near the forest when three of them were shot. The shooter was approximately 70 meters away from the picnickers when he fired the shots using a hunting rifle. He then fled the scene in an off-road vehicle, RIA Novosti reports.

One of the victims, a high-ranking private security guard, died at the scene. The other two were rushed to the hospital in unspecified condition, according to the regional branch of the local investigative committee. While the report said that the shooter may have mistook the men for boars in the dark, it did not say what could have prompted the hunter to make such a mistake.

Police are on the lookout for the shooter, who could get up to two years in prison for involuntary manslaughter, according to RIA Novosti.

In September, an elderly poacher in the Tyumen region accidentally killed his son-in-law during a hunting trip. The victim may have played a prank on his relative as a result of boredom. The son-in-law allegedly imitated boar noises, prompting the poacher to take a wild shot in the dark that hit the boar imitator.