Son Killed In Shooting; Father Arrested

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department responded to a shooting on the 600 block of Malta Drive in Nashville.

According to police, a father, identified as 42-year-old Mario Ford, Sr., and his son, 20-year-old Mario Ford, Jr., got into an argument inside their home. The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities said both men had a gun, but only the son was injured.

He was rushed to the hospital where he died, and the father was taken away in handcuffs.

Sunday night, officials confirmed Ford, Sr. admitted to shooting his son; however, he claimed it was in self defense due to his son allegedly pulling a gun on him first. Authorities said they're investigating that claim.

Reports stated the argument was over Ford, Sr. telling his son he needed to move out. An investigation showed both the father and son had recently armed themselves due to the continuing dispute.

"I wouldn't say that I’m totally surprised, but I was always hoping it wouldn't happen," said Truly Jackson.

Jackson has lived on Malta Drive for 20 years and said she saw police outside of the home several times this year.

Though some neighbors weren't surprised by the shooting, they certainly didn't want things to end with a life being taken away.

"My heart bleeds for him because this didn't have to happen," said Jackson.

A child was in the house during the shooting. Officials have been calling him a witness and said he's the one who contacted police.

It was unknown if charges would be brought in the case as far as Ford, Jr.'s death; however, reports stated Ford, Sr. had prior felony aggravated assault convictions and was arrested and charged with unlawful gun possession by a convicted felon.

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