Lauderdale Man Charged With Shooting Boy Will Stay Behind Bars

FT. LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – An elderly Ft. Lauderdale man accused of shooting a young boy following a bit of horse-play with a football will have to stay behind bars, at least for now.

During a hearing Monday, a judge denied bond for 79-year old James McIvery who is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.  A second hearing will be held on Tuesday, in which McIvery’s lawyer will seek a bond reduction.

During the hearing, a lawyer representing McIvery told the judge he takes care of his disabled daughter who is basically homebound.  McIvery’s cousin will take care of the woman in his absence.

The shooting happened late Sunday just before 5:30 p.m.  According to police, several kids had repeatedly knocked on the door McIvery’s apartment, located in the 700 block of NW 12th Terrace.

McIvery reportedly told detectives that kids had been harassing him throughout the day and he’d told them several times to leave him alone.  In frustration, McIvery allegedly ran out of his apartment with a hand gun and fired two shots into the ground in an effort to scare them off.  On of the rounds struck 12-year-old Travis Neal in the stomach.

McIvery said he never meant to shoot the child.

Marcus Boone, 14, told police he was walking home from a football game with some friends from a game of football when somebody in their group threw the ball at McIvery’s apartment.

“One of us threw it at the window. So he ran back to get the ball,” Boone said, referring to Neal, who his friends call TJ.

Apparently, the ball hitting the window was the last straw for McIvery who reportedly came out with his gun.

“The man came outside and we all was running that way,” Boone said. “He started shooting that way and he must have hit TJ.”

The victim’s cousin, Jasmine Lewis, said “he ran home and said he was shot. We didn’t believe him at first and then we saw blood.”

Neal’s family says he had surgery at Broward General for internal bleeding but that the bullet will remain permanently lodged in his liver.

“He’s not a bad child. He wants to be a football player,” says his uncle Virgil Brown.

McIvery’s neighbors say they are sympathetic to his plight because he has endured years of kids banging on his door.

“If they aren’t kicking his door, they are kicking his window. The man got tired of it,’ says Robin White.

“He’s an old man. He lives by himself and takes care of his special needs kid. They are terribly bad,” says Robert Thomas.

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  1. tanya says:

    At the very least this man needs a couple of sessions of angerment, at the most he needs to be jailed for this offesne. Both would suit him well.

  2. yokolee says:

    Give this Man a medal and a trip to the Bahamas
    shame on those boys and their parents
    for such a bad behaviour

    1. The_Prince says:

      It is amazing that these brats can harrass him all day and there is no law against that. I am sorry the child was shot….I pray he has a speedy recovery. I also hopes he learns the lesson on how to respect other people’s boundaries. I don’t know this man…but I do have a elderly father. You will never convince me this was totally unprovoked in some way. I pray mercy for this man. He probably won’t be able to avoid some jail time which is sad….especially when you get to his age. Prayers for them all.

      1. Jane Doe says:

        I agree. When I was growing up we were taught to respect our elders and would never harass them. In the 70’s when we made crank phone calls we would not call elderly people or even younger ones who were ill or taking care of ill or disabled relatives. Even the kids in the neighborhood who rang dorrbells and took off never did that to the elderly.

  3. Michael Auciello says:

    bet tj wont bother people no more

  4. Phyliss June Rinis Myers says:

    For heavens sake, the man is 79, he should have known better. Brandishing a gun at kids, whether they were harrasing him or not is not the answer. Call the police, go to the kids homes, call his parents. Shooting a gun recklessly is not the answer, EVER

    1. Jane Doe says:

      He should have known better but so should the children. They have no respect for the elderly at all. That often comes from the home. Do you really think going to the parent’s home would solve anything. Ask teachers or police officers what a parent or parents tell them if they claim their child misbehaved. Often times it is: “my Johnnie or Suzie would never do anything like that. You are lying.”

  5. justsayin' says:

    they should give him a break for being such a lousy shot.

  6. JOHNNY LAW says:

    WSVN 7 DIDN’T REPORT THE OTHER HALF WHY. THERE THEY GO DOWN IN HISTORY AGAIN. THANKS WFOR 4 FOR A MORE COMPLETE REPORT. THE PARENTS ARE TO BLAME. AND IF THE LAW HAD EVER BEEN CALLED DUE TO THE REGULAR HARASSMENT OF THIS MAN AND HIS SPECIAL NEEDS DAUGHTER. THEY ARE BOTH TO BLAME. THERE ARE LAWS AGAINST THAT. WHETHER THEY WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE IT OR NOT!

  7. dan dooley says:

    I belive the demons did everything to antagonise the old timer.Now it’s up to a jury.most kids today are sobs.

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