December 20, 2013

From NOLA.com

An 18-year-old Port Sulphur man has been arrested after fatally shooting his close friend and injuring another when he mistakenly confused them for hogs in Plaquemines Parish on Thursday evening. The three had smoked marijuana before going hog hunting earlier in the evening, authorities said.

Wyatt Evans, 23, was booked Friday with negligent homicide and negligent injuring for shooting his next-door neighbor Galen Scott, 18, and Cody Jones, 17.

Scott, who was shot in the head and leg, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jones, who sustained wounds to his legs, underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

The three close friends were hunting hogs near Shirley B. Drive in Nairn and had smoked marijuana before the incident. A small amount of marijuana was recovered at the scene of the shooting, the sheriff’s office said.

The sun had set and visibility was diminished when Jones and Scott began walking toward Evans. Evans told investigators that he observed two objects about 75 feet away in a cut along the wooded area. Believing the objects were hogs, Evans fired two back-to-back rounds of #00 buckshot from his shotgun, striking both Scott and Jones, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office said Evans was negligent because he fired at the objects without making a clear identification and was under the influence of marijuana.

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