Crime Georgia man charged after shooting a teen hunting partner he mistook for a deer
Georgia DNR: Teen killed by man with rifle who mistook him for deer, firearms deer hunting season not open yet
Deer season for archery is currently open in Georgia, but firearms season doesn't start until Oct. 19. Meanwhile, Glynn County police and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is continuing to investigate how a teen was shot dead by another man's rifle while hunting Saturday. Bobby Lane, 17, was pronounced dead at a hospital after police say fellow hunter Hector Romero mistook him for a deer, according to a DNR news release. Witnesses toldBobby Lane, 17, was pronounced dead at a hospital after police say fellow hunter Hector Romero mistook him for a deer, according to a DNR news release.
A 32-year-old Georgia man has been charged after fatallypolice said.
Hector Romero-Hernandez was booked into the Glynn County Detention Center on Monday on charges that include hunting with unlawful weapon, misuse of firearm resulting in serious bodily harm to another and hunting without a license, according to the county sheriff's office.
17-Year-Old Shot and Killed After Friend Mistakes Him for Deer During Group Hunting Trip
Teen Killed After Friend Mistakes Him for Deer During Hunting TripPolice tell PEOPLE that Bobby Lane was hunting with a group of friends in a wooded area near the 500 block of Myers Hill Road in Glynn County that evening when Lane was shot. Hector Romero, 32, allegedly thought Bobby was a deer and shot him in the chest with a rifle, authorities said. Romero did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Romero has yet to appear for a preliminary hearing and it's unclear whether he has an attorney.
Bobby Lane, 17, was in an area of heavy foliage on September 28 when another hunter thought he was an animal and shot him, the Glynn County Police Department said at the time.
Police and Georgia Department of Natural Resources game wardens responded and found Lane at a nearby gas station with others in his hunting group, according to a statement from Mark McKinnon, a spokesman for the law enforcement division of the Department of Natural Resources.
Lane died from his injury at a local hospital, police said. The two hunters knew each other.
"The initial information received was that he was shot with a rifle by another hunter in the group, Hector Romero, after being allegedly mistaken for a deer by Romero," the statement said.
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Deer season for archery is open in Georgia but, the statement 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/, referring to Romero.
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."
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