Police said Monday that a 79-year-old hunter was shot and killed by a fellow hunter who mistook him for a wild boar in a forest in Sano, Tochigi Prefecture.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 10 a.m. Sunday. TBS reported that the dead man, identified as Yoshio Abe, was part of a group of eight hunting club members who had gone into the forest to hunt wild boars.
One of the hunters, Kazuo Sato, 62, told police that the group had dispersed and he fired at what he thought was a wild boar, but hit Abe in the chest instead.
Abe was taken to hospital but died later, police said.© Japan Today