5 Jun 2015

New Caledonia hunter killed in accident

3:03 pm on 5 June 2015

A man in New Caledonia has accidentally shot dead his cousin on a hunting trip - the second fatal shooting incident in the the territory in the past month.

The victim - a 35-year-old man - was hit in the neck and died at the scene in the mountains in the territory's north.

Last month, a woman died after she was accidenatlly hit in the leg by a shot fired by her husband.

Last year, three people were reported killed as a result of a hunting accident.

There has been concern over the spread of firearms in recent years, with estimates of there being about one gun per two inhabitants.