Easley father shoots 4-year-old son, mom crashes en route to hospital
A domestic argument turned violent lead to gunfire on Monday evening in Easley, South Carolina. The father, Travis Blake Carlton, is charged with two counts of attempted murder after deputies say he shot his four-year-old son. The boy’s mother was involved in a traffic accident in route to the hospital to seek treatment for the boy.
Investigators say the child was seated inside a vehicle outside the Lacey Lane home when his father started shooting into the vehicle’s passenger-side with a semi-automatic handgun. The child was hit in the chest by one of the bullets.
Authorities recovered a .40 caliber handgun from the residence.
While driving the wounded child to the hospital, the boy’s mother was involved in a multiple vehicle traffic accident on Saluda Dam Road. The site of the accident approximately two miles from their home.
Mother and son are both hospitalized while receiving treatment. The boy is being treated for a gunshot wound and minor injuries sustained from the accident. The mother is also being treated for injuries from the crash, but did not suffer a gunshot wound. No shots were fired at the scene of the vehicle accident.
Carlton, 21, was arrested by PCSO not long after the traffic accident.
For updates and more information, please see the WBTW News article.
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