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The Michigan man shoots brother after mistaking him for deer hunting

A Michigan man accidentally shot his own brother after mistaking him for a deer on a hunting trip.

Deputies from the Ionia County Sheriff's Office responded to a call about an accidental shooting early Saturday night in a field in Boston Township, Michigan. Upon arrival, they determined that a man, 29, had shot his brother, 28, while the two were chasing together, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office on Facebook.

An on-site investigation concluded that shooting was "by all accounts" by mistake. Authorities say the men had been looking for a deer that one of them had shot earlier. After failing to find the deer, they were separated into dense cornstalks in the field.

The shooter was "far away" from his brother when he thought he saw the deer move and sound. He fired a shot and quickly realized he had shot his brother. The shooter immediately called 91

1 and he and his brother went out of the field to meet the first medical responders.

Given the extent of his injuries, the victim was lifted by helicopter to a hospital. He was in "serious but stable condition" during transport.

An investigation into the exact cause of the shooting is ongoing. The Ionia County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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