By Anne Gonzales
A 28-year-old Elk Grove man is on life support after being accidentally shot in the face by his brother Saturday while slaughtering a pig for a family celebration, authorities said.
Elk Grove police identified the victim as Koua Vang. He suffered life-threatening injuries and was listed in critical condition at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento hospital Sunday afternoon.
The shooting happened at 6:25 a.m. at Vang's residence, in the 8400 block of Kinder Lane, a rural area near Calvine and Grant Line roads, said Christopher Trim, an Elk Grove Police spokesman.
An unidentified older brother, 31, planned to shoot two pigs for eating later in the day. A circle of family members, including Vang, had gathered around the two bound pigs. The brother killed one pig, but when he shot the second pig, the animal lurched, hitting the .22-caliber rifle and causing the gun to discharge a second time.
Vang was struck in the face at close range, Trim said. He said Vang was on life support at the hospital.
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