Two men, a father and his step-son, have been charged in connection with a shooting incident in Ware Shoals that resulted in one of the men being airlifted to receive treatment for his injuries.
Larry Richard Reece Jr., 41, of 17 Wood St., Ware Shoals, and Mickeal W. Varnum, 68, also of 17 Wood St., Ware Shoals, were both charged in connection with the incident. Reece, who was shot three times, has been charged with assault and battery, breach of peace and child endangerment. Varnum has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.
According to a report from the Ware Shoals Police Department, police were dispatched to Varnum’s residence at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night after receiving a report of a civil dispute. While en route, police were notified that shots had been fired. When police arrived at the residence, they found Varnum standing on the front porch. Police asked Varnum to show his hands and Varnum said, “It’s me; I shot my son.” Police retrieved a .22.caliber pistol from Varnum’s front pocket with two unspent rounds and four spent rounds.
According to the report, Varnum said he and Reece had a history and that he could not take anymore. Varnum said Reece had come to his home and hit him and threatened him. Varnum also said Reece had been drinking and he was afraid Reece would harm him, his wife or the three kids at the house.
According to the report, Varnum’s wife told police that the three children were in the pool swimming when Reece came to the house and started causing problems. Varnum’s wife said Reece was throwing the children in the pool and scaring them, so she asked him to stop. Varnum’s wife said Reece began cussing at her and Varnum and threatening to kill them all. Varnum’s wife said Reece threw a chime and a shirt at Varnum so she gathered up the children and took them inside. Varnum told her to call 911. Varnum’s wife sadi she did not know anyone had been shot because the children were screaming and crying.
According to the report, a witness told police that Reece came to her residence at 21 Wood St. saying he had been shot. The witness got a towel and began applying pressure to the wounds while her boyfriend called 911. The witness told police that Reece indicated Varnum had shot him and that he had consumed two 40 oz. beers earlier in the day. First responders arrived and transported Reece to Ware Shoals High School where he was airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital.