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An Ohio Father Shot His Son for Playing Guitar For Too Long


I can only imagine what my parents went through while listening to me practice guitar, holed up in my bedroom for hours on end, flubs, bad notes, out of tune, all of it. It’s a struggle parents everywhere endure for the good of their children and for the future of humankind.

But under no circumstances can I imagine my father bursting into my room with a pistol and shooting me of frustration. Which is exactly what one man in Ohio (the Florida of the north) did to his own blood earlier this month.

Given, all parties involved here are full-grown adults. But still! Local 12-WKRC reports that Fred Hensley Sr., who is 79 years old, attacked his 50-year-old son, Fred Hensley Jr., when he grew frustrated that the younger Hensley had been playing guitar for over an hour and wouldn’t quit. The elder Hensley claimed he intended to shoot the guitar, not his son, but Jr. wasn’t having it, assaulting his father during the time it took first responders to arrive on the scene, as you can see in the mug shot above. In a recorded 911 call, Hensley, Sr. told the dispatcher, “Yeah, I accidentally shot my son here.”

This much is true: Sr. did successfully shoot the guitar. Unfortunately he also shot his son in the stomach, according to the TV news report (watch here).

A judge ordered Hensley Sr. held on a $60,000 bond, accused of assault and domestic violence. No word on Hensley Jr.’s current condition, but we wish him a speedy recovery and to never, ever, ever stop playing the guitar as long as he lives.

[via Loudwire]

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