Ionia Co. deputies: Hunter shot by brother, wounded

Ionia County

BOSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man was airlifted to the hospital after being shot by his brother while hunting southwest of Saranac Saturday, authorities say.

It happened around 5:30 p.m. in a field in the area of Grand River Avenue and Bell Road in Boston Township.

The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office says a 29-year-old Saranac man accidentally shot his brother, a 28-year-old Lowell man, with a muzzleloading rifle.

The sheriff’s office said the pair were out hunting and shot a deer. They went looking for it in dense corn and became separated. The 29-year-old thought he saw the deer, so he fired again. He soon realized he had shot his brother.

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Emergency crews respond after a man was shot while hunting in Boston Township on Nov. 16, 2019.

The 29-year-old called 911 and helped his brother walk out of the field, where they were met by EMTs.

The 28-year-old was later listed in serious but stable condition at a Grand Rapids hospital.

Neither of the brothers’ names were released Saturday night.

The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation, saying everyone involved was cooperating.

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