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.