Michigan teen shoots brother after mistaking him for deer

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Michigan teen shoots brother after mistaking him for deer

A Michigan teenager shot his younger brother with a rifle after mistaking him for a deer, authorities said.

The 12-year-old Kent County boy — who remained hospitalized Wednesday in serious but stable condition — had gone into a wooded area in Solon Township north of Cedar Springs to call his brother to dinner, according to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office.

The older sibling, 17, was hunting from a tree stand, sheriff officials said.

“Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor,” department officials said in a statement Tuesday.

The identities of the siblings were not released due to their ages. Kent County Sgt. Eric Brunner declined to indicate where the 12-year-old boy was shot or how many times he was struck, citing an ongoing investigation.

There’s no indication the shooting was intentional, but it remains unclear if the 17-year-old boy will face criminal charges, Brunner said.

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Michigan’s deer hunting season with firearms runs through Jan. 1.
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“It definitely appears to be at this time an accident,” Brunner told The Post Wednesday.

The boys’ parents are cooperating in the ongoing probe, he said.

Michigan’s deer hunting season with firearms runs through Jan. 1, 2022, according to its Department of Natural Resources, which is also assisting in the investigation.

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