Monday, November 17, 2008

Teenager, father in critical condition after shooting

Strange things happen during a full moon.

A man and his teenage son are in critical condition after the boy reportedly shot his father before turning the gun on himself during an argument in their north Galveston County home Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

The 16-year-old boy and his father were involved in an argument — the cause of which remains unknown — in their home on Lazy Lane about 3:20 p.m. when the teen got a pistol and shot his 59-year-old father once in the head, said Galveston County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Ray Tuttoilmondo.

The boy's mother, who witnessed the incident, called 911, Tuttoilmondo said.

As sheriff's deputies entered the home, in an unincorporated area between the towns of Kemah and Clear Lake Shores, they spotted the teen with the pistol and ordered him to drop it.

However, the boy moved out of their view and also shot himself in the head once, Tuttoilmondo said.

The man and his son were taken to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, where they are reported to be in critical condition.

No further information was immediately available.

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