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911 call: Dad shoots son on Father's Day

The son was airlifted to a hospital and is in critical condition

By Steven Ford and Kevin P. Connolly
Orlando Sentinel

ORLANDO, Fla. — A 18-year-old New Smyrna Beach man allegedly shot multiple times by his dad on Father's Day ran to a neighbor's home, screaming in agony and bleeding profusely, while naming his alleged attacker.

"His dad shot him!' He just said his dad shot him,'' a neighbor said in a recording of a 911 call released today

Eugene Blackwell Sr., 45, is accused of shooting his son after he intervened during a verbal argument.

The argument was between the elder Blackwell and his wife.

The younger Blackwell is in critical condition.

The father is being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.

"I need an ambulance,'' the caller said, later urging the victim to "stay still, don't move."

A dispatcher asked about the extent of the teen's injuries.

The caller said the wounds were extensive.

"The body. The legs. The butt — everywhere,'' the caller said. "The guy just unloaded on him."

Early Monday morning, police said, the son was undergoing surgery for multiple gunshot wounds at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where he was taken by medical helicopter.

New Smyrna Beach police Sgt. Eugene Griffith said neighbors of the residence in the 600 block of Edward Street in New Smyrna Beach reported hearing gunshots and seeing the younger Blackwell running from the home and seeking help.

Other witnesses told police they saw the father drive away in a white Dodge pickup truck, and police said they later found it abandoned in the 400 block of Duss Street.

The father later turned himself in and was arrested, police say.

He was charged with attempted murder and was transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail. No bond was set.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office released recordings of two 911 calls today. The other call came from a man who allegedly followed the elder Blackwell after shooting when he drove away in the pickup.

"He went down a dead-end road and I'm parked at an intersection watching that dead-end road,'' the caller said.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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