Man Shoots Son 4 Times, Flees on Father's Day

Florida teen intervened in parental fight, with horrific results

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 16, 2014 3:39 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Police say a Florida teen stopped his parents from fighting on Father's Day and was shot four times for his efforts, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. Eugene Blackwell Jr., 18, a star weightlifter, separated his mom from the elder Blackwell, 45, and got her out of the house. Then the father allegedly unloaded on Eugene, shooting him in the chest, elbow, hip, and thigh, reports WKMG. "He was shot all over the body," said a Smyrna Beach neighbor who called 911. "He says he can’t breathe." The neighbor could be heard telling the young man "stay calm" and "stay with me."

Meanwhile another neighbor followed the alleged shooter, who had driven off in a Dodge pickup. "You’re gonna love this—I’m following the suspect," the man told 911 before stopping at the mouth of a dead-end street where the father had parked. The suspect later turned himself in and was charged with attempted murder. This morning, Eugene was undergoing surgery for multiple bullet wounds at a hospital in Daytona, the Orlando Sentinel reports. So what started the fight? The mother brought up the idea of a divorce and the elder Blackwell began choking her, police say.

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