LANCASTER – A man in his 70s shot his nephew during an argument in Lancaster Tuesday evening, authorities said.
The victim suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg in the shooting, which happened about 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the 600 block of East Kettering Avenue, sheriff’s officials said.
When deputies arrived, the suspect was still armed with a handgun, said Sgt. Steve Owen of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
“After repeated orders, finally the deputies were able to get control of the handgun and take the suspect into custody without any further incident,” Owen said. “Further investigation revealed the male suspect, who is in his 70s, had a verbal confrontation with his nephew, who is in his 30s. During that verbal confrontation, the suspect shot the nephew in the thigh. The nephew received a through-and-through gunshot wound to his thigh [and] was transported the hospital for medical treatment.”
The uncle was taken to a hospital as a precaution and will likely be booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon or attempted murder, according to Lt. Derrick Alfred, watch commander at the sheriff’s Lancaster Station.
It was unclear why the two were in an argument, Alfred said.