'No Clue': Neighbors, Family Left Baffled After 90-Year-Old Man Shoots And Kills His Son

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Soon after 90-year-old Kenneth Bowser shot and killed his 65-year-old son, Larry Bowser, at their shared home in Maplewood, Minnesota, on Sept. 12, he called the police and admitted to what he’d done, police say.

Now, police are trying to determine if Kenneth murdered his son or if it was an accident, KMSP reported. 

“The focus of investigators at this point is to determine exactly what prompted this tragic shooting,” said Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell. “In addition to providing answers to family members and the criminal justice system, we hope to explore potential strategies to intervene in such cases to prevent lethal acts of intra-familial violence.”

Neighbors have said there wasn’t any apparent turmoil between father and son, although Kenneth reportedly suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. According to CNN, Alzheimer’s can make sufferers more aggressive. Between 5 and 10 percent of those with Alzheimer's exhibit violent behaviors.

Neighbor Paul Johnson told The Star Tribune that Larry had recently confided in him that his father has been declining, but refused to go to an assisted care facility.

“He says, ‘I don’t know what to do,’” Johnson said. 

Mike Bowser, Kenneth’s other son, also spoke to The Star Tribune about the incident.

“No clue,” Mike said when asked what happened. “I don’t know what the situation was. My dad’s old, maybe something snapped.”

Kenneth has been booked into jail on suspicion of homicide and police said he’s cooperating with investigators.

Sources: The Star Tribune, KMSP / Photo credit: Lisa Edmonds/Flickr