A grandfather shoots the father of an 11-year-old, in front of the young boy, and what does the child do in defense of his dad? Like father’s father like son, the grandson picked up the 12-guage shotgun and guns down his grandpa. Residents of Kittrell, a tiny North Carolina town with a population of 500 near the Virginia border, were left shocked and shaken by the family violence.
Reports RawStory.com: “Vance County Sheriff Deputies were called to the home of 84-year-old Lloyd Woodlief late Monday night. A family argument had turned violent, Vance County Sheriff Peter White said, leading Lloyd Woodlief to shoot his 49-year-old son, Lloyd Peyton Woodlief, with a .22 caliber pistol. Authorities said that they believe the unnamed 11-year-old then shot his grandfather with a 12-gauge shotgun.”
Woodlief was taken to the Duke Medical Center in Durham Tuesday afternoon where he remains today in stable condition.
The 11-year-old was taken in on a “juvenile petition,” according to Sheriff White. “A juvenile petition has been taken out against the 11-year-old,” White said. “He is in the custody of juvenile services.” The sheriff added that additional charges are pending against the family but did not provide any specifics.
WRAL.com listed the shooting as occurring at 430 Cricket Creek Lane in Kittrell at about 7 p.m. Monday night.
Few details have been released to the media. No motive has been given.
In another recent shooting of a grandfather – this one accidental – a 6-year-old boy from Miami picked up a loaded rifle that was left lying out by his cocaine-snorting uncle. The child then aimed it at his grandpa and pulled the trigger, killing him.
The Daily Mail reported that Juan Manuel Martinez Jr., 28, is “facing a negligence charge in the death of his father, Juan Manuel Martinez Sr. at a barbeque… Martinez Jr., the boy's uncle, was allegedly snorting cocaine and drinking alcohol when he ran to his room to grab his rifle to show a friend.”
Per the Daily Mail:
According to the organization New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, from 2005-2010, almost 3,800 people in the U.S. died from accidental shootings.
On average, states with the highest gun ownership levels had 9 times the rate of unintentional firearms deaths compared to states with low gun ownership records.