GREAT FALLS (AP) — Two Montana teenagers died in apparent hunting accidents over the weekend, including a 17-year-old boy who was shot and killed by his 14-year-old sister as she was unloading a rifle, authorities said Monday.
The separate shootings happened Saturday, the opening day of hunting season in Montana.
The siblings from Power were on a hunting and camping trip with their father, friends and other family members in the Missouri River Breaks about 70 miles south of Chinook. They had finished hunting for the evening Saturday and the girl was unloading her rifle when it discharged, said Blaine County Undersheriff Pat Pyette.
The 17-year-old boy, who was standing less than 5 feet away, was shot in the face, Pyette said. He died at the scene.
Blaine County Coroner Marvin Edwards tells the Great Falls Tribune the victim was Augustus Chamakoon-Leigland.
Also on Saturday, a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed in a separate apparent hunting accident on the Montana Hi-Line near his hometown of Malta.
Logan Wilson separated from his two companions to walk across a field, Phillips County Undersheriff Scott Moran said. After a short while, they went looking for him and called authorities after discovering that he had been shot.
KFBB-TV reported that the preliminary cause of death was listed as an accidental shooting and an investigation is under way.
No other information was immediately available.