ELK GROVE (CBS13) â€" It started as a pig slaughter and ended with a man getting shot in the face by his older brother.
Investigators say the pig bucked and the rifle went off.
Police say the brothers were trying to slaughter the pig for a party, but instead of enjoying that family party, the family is gathering to support each other as they pray for their loved one.
â€śThe sirens were going really loud and fast,â€ť neighbor Maryann Cima said.
Neighbors wouldnâ€™t have ever guessed what officers say happened at the rural Elk Grove home in the 8400 block of Kinder Lane.
â€śItâ€™s very sad,â€ť said one family member.
This family member didnâ€™t want to appear on camera, but says the family had been planning a family feast.
â€śA lot of family and cousins and relatives get together,â€ť he said.
In order to prepare, two brothers at the home woke up early Saturday morning to slaughter one of their pigs, say police. The older brother had the .22 caliber rifle, while his younger brother, a man in his late 20s, stood by. When the older brother put the gun to the pig and fired, police say the pig bucked back.
â€śThe pig bucked, and the rifle went backwards, and it went off again a second time,â€ť said Officer Chris Trim.
The second shot would hit the younger brother directly in the face.
â€śI heard itâ€™s real bad,â€ť the family member said.
In fact, police say the man is now in critical condition at a local hospital. Despite the bizarre story, police say it checks out.
â€śTalking to numerous witnesses, but at this point, it does not appear to be an intentional act,â€ť said Trim.