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A 17-year-old Steinbach-area boy is dead following a shooting at a campsite near the Bloodvein First Nation, RCMP said Monday.
Four people were camping at Namay Falls, near the mouth of the Bloodvein River, said RCMP Sgt. Line Karpish. At about 4 a.m. Sunday, a 22-year-old Steinbach man heard what he thought was a bear near his tent. A firearm was discharged and struck the 17-year-old, Karpish said.
Bloodvein RCMP responded to the call, with the assistance of Powerview RCMP who chartered a helicopter to reach the scene, 12 nautical miles from the First Nation.
An autopsy is scheduled in Winnipeg today.
Police are not releasing names, and their investigation continues, Karpish said.
"It is certainly a very sad reminder of the great responsibility that comes with handling firearms," said Sgt. Line Karpish from RCMP.
Bloodvein is about 250 kilometres north of Winnipeg.
Sadly, Karpish said it's not that unusual for people to be mistaken for wildlife and shot accidentally.
"These people were out in the middle of nowhere and there are bears out there and cougars. There may be other types of wildlife that may pose a threat," she said. "In this case, the young man believed it was a bear and fired the gun."
-- with files from Canadian Press