NSB cops: Son shot by dad on Father's Day

Eugene Blackwell, Sr., charged with attempted murder in shooting of son / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® / Eugene Blackwell, Sr., 45, is being held without bail in the alleged Sunday shooting of his 18-year-old son, whose condition is critical.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A dad shot his 18-year-old son multiple times during a domestic dispute on Father’s Day, New Smyrna Beach cops said.

Eugene Blackwell Sr., 45, was arrested on a charge of attempted murder for allegedly shooting his son, Eugene Blackwell Jr., 18, after a domestic argument turned violent, police said. The victim was airlifted to Halifax Medical Center shortly after the 6:34 p.m. shooting. He is currently undergoing surgery at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach for multiple gunshot wounds and listed in critical condition.

"Several neighbors called police after hearing gunshots from the home and seeing Blackwell Jr. running to a neighbor’s for help, Master Sgt. Eugene Griffith told Headline Surfer®. "Other witnesses observed Blackwell Sr. drive away from the residence in the predominantly African-American Westside community in a Dodge pick-up truck. Police later found the vehicle abandoned in the 400 block of Duss Street."

The investigation revealed the dispute began as a verbal argument between Blackwell Sr. and his wife., Griffith said. When Blackwell Jr. intervened into the argument he was shot multiple times, after his mother left the home, the police spokesman added.

Blackwell Sr. was arrested after turning himself into police. He was charged with attempted murder and transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail with no bond allowed.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.