Rock Hill man accused of shooting at his son

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comDecember 18, 2013 

Eric Frank was charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

A Rock Hill man is accused of firing a gun at his son to show him that he “wasn’t going to fight” with him during an argument Tuesday night, authorities say.

Police responded to a Bynum Avenue home about 7:40 p.m. after receiving calls about a man with a gun and shots fired, according to a Rock Hill Police report. When police arrived, they found a man, 28, standing outside the front door. After police frisked him, the man told officers that his father, Eric Mario Frank, shot at him while they were inside the house.

Police went in the house and found a woman, 29, hiding in a front bedroom, the report states. She told officers Frank was possibly in a back bedroom. They found him sitting on a bed.

After he was handcuffed, Frank told officers a revolver was under the bed. Police found the gun and five bullets under the mattress pad. Frank initially denied shooting at his son, but he later told police the gun accidentally went off while he was holding it.

Officers spoke with the woman, who told police she overheard Frank and his son arguing about someone parked outside their house, the report states. She then heard a gunshot, and the victim ran to the front room. She told officers she saw Frank pointing a gun before the victim shut the door and called police. Police took Frank to the city jail, where he told an officer that he shot at his son to prove he wouldn’t fight.

Police found bullets in a dresser drawer in the bedroom and in the side of the house, the report states. Police charged Frank with attempted murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime. His bond was denied Wednesday morning.

Jonathan McFadden •  803-329-4082

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