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Man, 71, Faces Attempted Murder Charge In Stepson’s Shooting

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SANFORD (CBSMiami/AP) — An apparent simple family disagreement could’ve turned into something much worse.

A 71-year-old Florida man has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of his step-son.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that arrest records show Thomas Lathrop of Sanford shot 31-year-old Frank Fort on Saturday at the family home.

According to the records, Lathrop’s wife, Juanita, told police her son went to sit on the front porch about 9:30 a.m. when Thomas Lathrop said, “Don’t you see me sitting here.”

Fort replied he sat there every morning before work. Lathrop then got up and fired a single round at Fort’s legs.

While Fort was running away, Lathrop fired two more shots, shattering Fort’s pelvis. That bullet lodged in Fort’s stomach, causing life-threatening injuries.

Fort was in critical condition Saturday.

Lathrop was being held without bail at the Seminole County Jail.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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