Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

15-year old shot by father, who then shot himself

Police in Plymouth, Massachusetts, responded to what appears to be an attempted murder/suicide. A 15-year old boy, named Shawn, was found critically injured with a gunshot to his upper body on the lawn of his home, shot by his father.

His father, 53-year old Richard Panepinto, was found in the driveway with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

The two were taken to different area hospitals and are both in critical condition.

Neighbors say they heard three shots. They came out of their houses, look out of their windows, and saw several police cars lining the street.

FOX 25's Tyisha Fernandes talked to one neighbor who was outside right after the shooting. He said he helped the son right after he got shot. The neighbor said there have been some problems in the past between the father and son.

Panepinto was arrested on assault and battery charges in 2007 after he brutally beat his wife with a baseball bat and a portable television. He avoided jail time because his wife refused to testify against him. Instead, he received three years probation.

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