Elderly man shoots son in Phoenix; investigation ongoing

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PHOENIX – Police say a father shot his son in his home and they are trying to determine if it was accidental or intentional.

Officers say the shooting took place in the elder man's house near the entry way in the area of 35th Avenue and Dunlap Friday evening.

Police are unsure whether the shooting was a result of a domestic situation or if it was accidental. The father told officers he thought his son was an intruder and opened fire.

Detectives say the 79-year-old man named Joe shot his 57-year-old son, who has reportedly been leaving his car in his father's driveway.

Police say the men have a "strange" relationship. Neighbors say the elder man is known as the neighborhood block watch.

Neighbor Beth Greer says, "Joe's very hard of hearing. He doesn't have hearing in one ear. He could've heard a noise and thought it was someone breaking in. I don't think he intentionally shot his kid."

The son suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital where he is listed in critical condition.