Washington hunter killed by gunfire

OKANOGAN, Wash. -- Deputies are investigating the death of a Western Washington man who was shot and killed while hunting in rural Eastern Washington.

Two men were grouse hunting in the area near Chesaw, and when one of the men got out of the car to shoot at a grouse, the other in the car then heard a shot and saw his friend fall to the ground bleeding, said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.

The other man took his wounded friend to a nearby home and called for help. Medics arrived and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. Deputies have interviewed people in the area including the two people living at another home near where the shooting occurred.

Rogers says they are investigating the incident as a murder but no arrests have been made, although they do have persons of interest.

The victim's name has not been released, but Rogers said he did live in Western Washington.