Violent Christmas Eve altercation remains under investigation

The investigation of a Christmas Eve shooting in Fulton County remains under investigation.

The Pacesetting Times, citing a press release from Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork, reports law enforcement responded to a 1:45 a.m. call Thursday. The Fulton County Hospital in Salem advised a 52-year-old man was being treated in the emergency room for multiple gunshot wounds. The man had been brought to the medical facility by his 30-year-old son who was visiting from Texas.

Sheriff Roork says a fight had occurred between the two men shortly after midnight at a residence along Magnolia Road south of Salem.

Roork says, “The two had been drinking, and the father became angry at the son, and a physical altercation began.”

The son was able to free himself from his father and ran into a bedroom. The father reportedly went to the back of the residence, retrieved a 9mm handgun and began firing.

The son grabbed a 40-caliber handgun in his bedroom and returned fire, striking his father several times in the torso and arm.

The father was transferred to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock by Survival Flight and is expected to recover.

No arrests have been made, with both the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and the Arkansas State Police continuing their investigation.

The names of the two men have not been released as of Tuesday.

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