A 52-year-old man from Halifax died after being shot while hunting on Big Tancook Island on Friday, Nova Scotia RCMP says.
“Two individuals were out hunting deer when one was shot,” spokesman Cpl. Andrew Joyce said on Sunday. “They were known to each other but were not hunting together.”
The shooting was reported at 1:18 p.m. on Friday by the person who shot the gun, he said.
That person, who’s from the island, has been interviewed by police but is no longer in custody, Joyce said. The investigation will continue as police determine how to proceed.
“Unfortunately in an incident like this where there could be firearm infractions and that kind of thing, that all has to be looked upon, as well,” Joyce said.
“So for me to say that there’s foul play or no foul play I think would be premature at this point in the investigation.”
Police crews were delayed getting to the island by boat Friday due to weather. Big Tancook, which is in Mahone Bay, is only accessible by ferry from Chester on Nova Scotia’s South Shore.
The island is home to about 125 year-round residents. Friday was the first day of general deer hunting season in the province.