Posted: Friday, 20 December 2013 6:22PM
Teen arrested after mistaking friends for hogs in fatal hunting accident
Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Lonnie Greco says an 18-year-old man, hog hunting with two close friends, accidentally shot them when he mistook them for the hogs he was hunting.
The shots struck and killed an18-year-old man and injured a 17-year-old.
Willie Evans has been booked at the Belle Chasse jail without bail on charges of negligent homicide and negligent injuring.
The incident occurred Thursday around 5:45 p.m. in Nairn, just south of Port Sulphur.
According to Greco, deputies received a call of two people shot in Nairn and those who arrived on the scene found the 18-year-old victim suffering from wounds to the head and leg, he was pronounced dead on the scene. The 17-year-old man was shot in the legs and was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Greco said that based on interviews with Evans, the surviving victim and other witnesses, it appears that the three friends went hog hunting in a wooded area and that prior to the trip, they had smoked marijuana.
The sheriff's office said that although Evans fired two shotgun blasts, he failed to confirm a positive ID before firing. Because of that, and the fact that Evans was believed to be under the influence of marijuana, they believe he was negligent in the incident.
Evans was arrested early Friday morning.