That Escalated Quickly: Man Shoots His Own Son for Playing Guitar for Over An Hour

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Every metal fan has had a moment where their parents freak out about their music being too loud. Whether we were practicing in the garage or just blasting Lamb of God really damn loudly after a tough day, our folks have at some point come charging into our personal space demanding we turn down that gosh darn racket. But few people have been shot by their parents for playing music — unlike one Ohio resident, whose father shot him for playing guitar for over an hour.

As reported by Loudwire, 79-year-old Blue Ash, Ohio, resident Fred Hensley, Sr., shot his 50-year-old son, Fred Hensley, Jr., because the latter Hensley refused to stop playing guitar, and had been playing for over an hour. According to public records that were filed on Oct. 24, Hensley the Greater has been charged with felonious assault and domestic violence, and is being held on $50,000 bond. Various local news agencies have listed bond at $60,000, which differs from the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts case summary, but either way, a lot of fucking money to pay for doing something this insane and stupid.

Local news station Local 12-WKRC reports that Hensley, Sr., shot Hensley, Jr., in the side, and was only attempting to shoot his guitar (thank God for that). Hensley, Jr., in turn attacked his father while first responders were on their way, which resulted in Papa Hens sustaining injuries to his mouth and face. In a 911 call obtained by Fox 18, Hensley, Sr., can be heard saying, “Yeah, I accidentally shot my son.”

So, there you have it, folks: if you want someone to stop playing guitar, even if they’ve been playing guitar for far too long in your mind, maybe tap them on the shoulder or leave the room. Don’t try to shoot their guitar. Just our two cents.


Words by Chris Krovatin