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MO: 2 Brothers Mistakenly Shot While Hunting

November 18, 2009

2 Brothers Mistakenly Shot While Hunting Hunters Were Walking Near Farley When Shots Fired

FARLEY, Mo. -- Two hunters were injured Wednesday in a Platte County shooting that may be a hunting accident, officials said.

Authorities said the two had been hunting and were walking along Platte River Road north of Farley when shots were fired just after sunset.

Both of the brothers were shot in the leg. They are expected to recover. Platte County authorities identified them as Austin Devlin, 14, of Farley, and Perry Kohrs, 20, of Farley.

It's not clear who fired the shots, but deputies said it could have been another hunter who mistook the pair for a deer. The timing between the shots indicated it may be a bolt-action rifle, witnesses said.

Deputies and conservation agents scoured nearby fields to search for the hunter. Investigators said they believe the shots were fired from about 300 to 400 yards away from the brothers.

A conservation agent told KMBC's Martin Augustine that if it is a hunting accident, it would be the first one in Platte County in more than 20 years in which someone was shot.

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