Yesterday, I posted a brief comment and linked to a short story about the man in Highfill who shot his daughter’s boyfriend.
Now that we know more about the condition about the young man, the incident seems much less bizarre than tragic.
The victim is 19-year old Michael Austin Guzman.
The father of a 17-year-old girl found his daughter’s boyfriend hiding inside her bedroom closet Tuesday, beat him bloody with a pool stick, then left the room to fetch a gun. The daughter and boyfriend blocked the door with a dresser, so the father shot through the closed door, hitting the boyfriend in the back and paralyzing him, police said.
Three of Guzman’s vertebrae are fractured and doctors don’t expect him to regain feeling or mobility below his waist, according to a probable cause affidavit released Wednesday after Reed’s bond hearing. He was still in surgery Wednesday evening in Joplin’s Freeman Health System, according to an intensive care nurse.
Reed has no criminal history. The judge ordered him to have no contact with Guzman or Guzman’s family. He posted his bond immediately after Wednesday’s hearing; $100,000 in a signature bond and $50,000 in cash or corporate surety.
The comments to this story are active and varied. Well worth scanning.