BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A suspect has been taken into custody after police say he shot his own father at a memorial service for his slain brother.
Ava-joye Burnett has more on what police say led to the incident.
It was supposed to be a time for the family to come together, but instead, police tell WJZ a son shot his father after an argument broke out at the church.
A service for Antonio Addison, who was murdered last month, took an unexpected turn on Tuesday when police say the murder victim’s brother pulled out a gun and shot his own father.
The New Song Worship and Arts Center on Calhoun Street was packed with mourners who saw everything.
“They got into some sort of an argument at this repast over what was said or how it was said at the funeral, and the suspect in this case decided to pull out a gun that he brought with him to this event and shot his own father,” said T.J. Smith, Baltimore Police Department.
The father shot inside the church was in serious condition Tuesday. People who live in the Sandtown neighborhood are concerned that not even a place of worship is exempt from violence.
After the shooting, word spread fast. People were concerned for their loved ones still inside.
“This is a community, a well united community, and to have people out here not knowing what’s going on is not good at all,” one woman said.
The chaos inside the church right around 3 p.m. happened next door to a school.
Police believe the fight may have broken out because of a disagreement over the obituary.
“Fortunately, no one else was injured as a result of this, and again, it’s just that senseless violence that we talk about,” said Smith.
Charges are pending against the 26-year-old who shot his own dad.
Police say they will release the suspect’s name after he’s been charged.