A 24-year-old man mistook his father for a deer and shot the older man to death while hunting near the family's central New York home on Thanksgiving, state police say.
Kristopher Paro was in a tree stand in the woods behind his home in the Oswego County town of Sandy Creek around 4:40 p.m. Thursday when he heard what he thought was a deer about 100 yards away, troopers said.
Paro fired a shot, unaware that his father, 58-year-old Kevin Paro, had gone into the woods a short time earlier to hunt, state police said. Troopers say the father was hit in the chest by a round from his son's .270-caliber rifle.
The older man was taken to Oswego Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The son hasn't been charged. Police say their investigation is continuing.