Man shot son on Father's Day, New Smyrna Beach police say

Published On: Aug 06 2014 07:55:52 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 16 2014 06:02:26 PM EDT

Police say a man shot and critically injured his teenage son during an argument in New Smyrna Beach.


A man shot and critically injured his teenage son during a family argument in New Smyrna Beach on Father's Day, according to police.

[LISTEN:  911 call released in New Smyrna Beach shooting]

New Smyrna Beach police said Eugene Blackwell Sr., 46, shot his 18-year-old son, Eugene Blackwell Jr., four times around 6:15 p.m. Sunday.

According to police, Blackwell had been fighting with his wife at their home and choked her when she brought up the possibility of divorce.

The wife left the home as Blackwell Jr. intervened, and a short time later, his father shot him, police said.

"The guy's been shot," a neighbor told 911.  "He's sitting here in my driveway.  ... The guy just unloaded on him."

Blackwell Jr., who was shot in his chest area, hip, thigh and elbow, was airlifted to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach.

Police said Blackwell Sr. drove away from the home after the shooting but later turned himself in to authorities.

Blackwell Sr. was arrested on charges of battery and attempted first-degree murder.  He was being held without bond at the Volusia County Jail.

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