A US man was shot dead by his father who mistook him for a squirrel while
Mr. L* Junior was lying on his back holding up a dead animal and
'barking' like a squirrel either to attract other animals or as a prank.
He died instantly from a single gunshot wound after his father mistook
him for one of the creatures.
The family from Galien, Indiana, are said to be devastated by the
The victim's uncle, Mr. V*, said his nephew had pulled pranks
before while hunting and one time "darn near got himself shot".
"It wasn't the first time he did it. He had been warned about it 100
times before," he added.
Mr. L* Senior heard squirrel sounds coming from behind a log, reports
The Outdoor Pressroom.
Thinking it was safe to fire, he squeezed the trigger on his 22-caliber
rifle, killing his son instantly.
Gene Davis, from Indiana Department of Natural Resources law enforcement
division, said the 23-year-old may have been using a dead squirrel he shot
earlier, to lure another creature out of a tree hole or to pull a prank.
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