1 victim of deer camp shooting was foster father

Map shows where a 14-year-old Baker City boy is accused of shooting two men at a deer hunting camp in the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. One of the victims was the boy's foster father. (Associated Press)
Map shows where a 14-year-old Baker City boy is accused of shooting two men at a deer hunting camp in the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. One of the victims was the boy's foster father. (Associated Press)

(AP) — One of the two men shot and killed in a deer-hunting camp in northeastern Oregon was the foster father of the 14-year-old boy identified as the shooter, authorities said Friday.

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer also said two guns were involved — a hunting rifle and a revolver — and the shootings both occurred around midnight Wednesday, with one victim shot inside a cabin and the other one outside.

Michael Piete, 43, was the foster father of the suspect, whose name has not been released because of his age, authorities said. The other victim was Kenneth C. Gilliland, 64. Both men had the same address on a country road outside the Baker City area, but their occupations were not immediately known, Palmer said.

Palmer would not say whether a motive had been established, but said investigators did not believe it was alcohol-related. Palmer said he filed a probable cause affidavit listing two counts each of homicide and unlawful use of a weapon, but what charges would be filed would be up to the district attorney. District Attorney Ryan Joslin has not said whether the boy would be charged. The boy was expected to recover from accidentally shooting himself in the leg, Palmer said.

After the shooting, the owner of the cabin, located off a logging road just outside the Umatilla National Forest in northeastern Oregon, drove about 9 miles to the tiny town of Granite, where he woke someone who called for help.

When deputies arrived at the cabin, they found the boy taped to a chair. Authorities said he had run away after the shootings, but came back after accidentally shooting himself, pleading for help.

Another member of the hunting party held him at gunpoint and taped him to the chair.

Photos released by the sheriff’s office show a bolt action rifle with a scope and a camouflaged stock on the floor of the log cabin, its bolt open. Palmer said it was not used in the shooting. There is bloody clothing on the floor, and a wood stove in the background. A case of cola is on a shelf on the front porch. The road leading to the cabin is unpaved, and closely flanked by pine and fir trees that obscure the cabin.

The teen was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Baker City then flown with a state police trooper to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise. A hospital official refused to confirm if he was there or give his condition.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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