Father allegedly shoots son because he wouldn’t stop playing guitar

A man in Ohio reportedly took drastic measures after becoming frustrated with his son’s guitar-playing.An acoustic guitar on display in New York City, 2019.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, 79-year-old Fred Hensley Sr. has been charged with felonious assault and domestic violence after allegedly shooting his adult son, 50-year-old Fred Hensley Jr.

The former had become angry because his son had been playing the guitar for too long, reported Local 12. The weapon used in the Sunday shooting was a .380 pistol said police, per the news outlet.

Hensley Sr. reportedly told authorities that, in the alleged shooting, he had been aiming to hit his son’s guitar, not his actual body. Nonetheless, Hensley Jr. is said to have been shot in the side of his stomach.

When police found the duo, not only was the younger Hensley wounded but his father had also sustained facial injuries in the reported scuffle. However, police reported that Hensley Jr. said he didn’t remember hitting or assaulting his dad. At the scene, officers found the gun and a spent shell casing. Additionally, they located the guitar, which had “apparent bullet holes.”

The son was taken to receive medical attention for the gunshot wound. He does not face any criminal charges for his role in the alleged incident. Hensley Sr. was also brought to a hospital for his facial injuries but was soon taken to the Hamilton County Justice Center on assault charges. As of Monday, the conditions of the father and son have yet to be released. 

The use of a firearm to solve what was otherwise a small family squabble speaks to the serious harm that can come with casual, household gun possession. For example, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), “households with guns are associated with a nearly three-fold increase for the risk of homicide occurring in the home” when compared to households without guns.

Moreover, “there is a nearly eight-fold increased risk associated with gun ownership and homicide when the perpetrator is the intimate partner or a relative of the victim.”

“It’s generally held that gun violence expenses, medical charges, loss of income, daily care/support, and criminal justice expenditures cost the U.S. economy approximately $229 billion annually,” added the agency.

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