An Elizabethtown man was accidentally shot and killed by a young relative while hunting in Cambria County, according to a report by WJAC-TV in Johnstown.
William Tripp, 71, was shot in the head by the child while hunting in Jackson Township around 10 a.m. Saturday, WJAC said.
Tripp was hunting with family and friends along a gas line when he was accidentally shot in the head.
A juvenile relative of Tripp’s was attempting to shoot a deer but missed, striking Tripp, who was about 300 yards away.
Tripp was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees told WJAC the incident was “a heart-wrenching” accident. An autopsy was scheduled for Sunday, the results of which were not stated in the report.
State police and the Pennsylvania Game Commission are assisting with the investigation.