British woman shot dead by man holding gun while hunting wild boar

The 67-year-old woman was shot

The 67-year-old woman was shot “over the heart” and could not be saved (Stock Image: Getty)

A British woman has been shot while hunting wild boar in northern France.

The hunting party was crossing a cornfield in Goudelin, Brittany, when the 67-year-old woman was injured “above the heart”.

It was reportedly fired by a 69-year-old man with his rifle mounted on his shoulder with the “barrel pointed backwards”.

She was taken to hospital in Saint-Brieuc but could not be rescued and died just after noon on Sunday, prosecutor Nicolas Heitz said.

French police launched a manslaughter investigation and took the man into custody for questioning.

“The hunters were advancing through a field of corn silage when one of them, a 69-year-old man, fired his shoulder rifle, the barrel pointing backwards, under circumstances that have not yet been established,” prosecutors said.

“The shot struck his companion… and the bullet caused a penetrating wound across the heart.”

An investigation into manslaughter has been launched by French police (Image: Getty/fStop)

An investigation into manslaughter has been launched by French police (Image: Getty/fStop)

Mr Heitz said the exact circumstances surrounding the shooting were still unclear, but initial tests showed the shooter was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Earlier this year, a hiker was accidentally killed by a young girl who was also hunting wild boar.

The stray bullet killed the 25-year-old woman as she walked with a friend along a marked trail near Aurillac in southern France.

Her death sparked calls for stricter hunting regulations. The 17-year-old shooter received her hunting license when she was 16.

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