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NAIRN, La. - An 18-year-old man hog hunting with two close friends accidentally shot them when he mistook them for the hogs he sought, Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Lonnie Greco said.
The shots from the shotgun of Wyatt Evans struck and killed 18-year-old Galen Scott and injured 17-year-old Cody Jones.
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 Scott suffering from wounds to the head and leg, he was pronounced dead on the scene. Jones 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, Jones 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.
After the sun had set, Greco said that Scott and Jones began walking towards Evans and that he observed two objects about 75 feet away and, thinking they were the hogs they sought, he fired back-to-back rounds of buckshot from his gun, striking both young men.
Greco said Evans immediately ran to their aid and the Plaquemines sheriff's office was called to the scene.
The sheriff's office said that although Evans fired two shots at the objects, he failed to confirm a positive ID before firing. They said that because of that, plus 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.