BOSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who was shot by his brother while hunting over the weekend is expected to make a full recovery, authorities say.
The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as Marcus Fron, 28, of Lowell. Undersheriff Andrew Bucholtz told News 8 that Fron was shot in his lower back and that it was an accident.
The shooting happened late Saturday afternoon in the area of Grand River Avenue and Bell Road in Boston Township, southwest of Saranac.
Authorities said the brothers were hunting together when one of them shot a deer. They were separated when they went looking for the animal in a corn field. One of the brothers, a 29-year-old from Saranac, thought he saw and heard the deer, so he fired his muzzleloading rifle again. He then realized he had shot his brother.
“We had a lot of people praying for him at that time, that’s for sure,” said Cory Malone, who lives near the scene of the shooting.
Fron was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital, where he remained Monday.
“As horrible as this incident was, it could have been a lot worse,” the undersheriff said. “In speaking with the doctor, the guy is expected to make a 100% full recovery.”
Malone said he’s compassionate for Fron’s brother, who he said is likely consumed with guilt.
“He’s beaten himself up enough,” Malone said.
The name of the brother who fired the shot has been released, but News 8 has chosen not to use it because he has not been charged with a crime, though the sheriff’s office said it’s possible charges could be filed.
Investigators said everyone has been cooperating with their investigation, which is open pending the outcome of toxicology tests.