A 16-year-old boy was arrested for trying to kill his father after deputies say the two had a coincidental run-in at a Belle Glade liquor store, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.
Artavious B. Malone, 16, of Wellington, was arrested Friday and faces charges of attempted murder and possession of a weapon by a delinquent, according to online records. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Malone, held in jail without bond, will be charged as an adult.
The incident began after both Malone and his 37-year-old father Archie Malone were inside Tiny’s Liquor Nov. 9 around 9 p.m., according to an arrest report.
"It was coincidental that both he and Artavious were at the liquor store at the same time," the report said.
While inside, Artavious Malone bumped his father in the shoulder, causing him to lose his balance. Archie Malone then smacked his son in the face before the 16-year-old walked out of the store, the Sentinel reported.
"Archie said his relationship with Artavious has been hostile since he sent him to a juvenile center for his behavior a few years ago," the report said.
When Archie Malone walked out of the store, he saw his son reach under the driver’s seat of a white pick-up truck. Deputies said the teenager fired at least four shots at his father, who ran up the street to flee the bullets.
Archie Malone escaped the shooting uninjured but was “extremely upset," according to authorities.
His son told authorities he was smacked in the face by his dad and that he didn’t fire the shots, but rather heard them while his father ran away, the newspaper said.