Hunter thought he was shooting a deer; it turned out to be his friend

‘You don’t expect anything like this to happen to a child’

GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. (WJAX/CNN) – A 17-year-old Georgia boy is dead after someone mistook him for a deer while hunting, Glynn County police said.

Michael Rawling said his cousin Bobby Lee Lane was shot by a friend Saturday evening.

"Apparently, he shot through a bush thinking it was a deer and it happened to be my cousin,” Rawling said.

Police identified the shooter as Hector Romero, WJAX reported.

After the shooting, Romero drove Lane to a gas station where they met first responders.

Lane was then rushed to a hospital where he later died.

"You don't expect anything like this to happen to a child," Rawling said.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is involved in the investigation.

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