Elderly Man Shoots Son Three Times, Says He Mistook Him For Blackbird

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An elderly French man claims he shot his son because he mistook him for a blackbird trying to raid his cherry tree.

The man, in his 70s, shot his 46-year-old son three times with a shotgun late Saturday night after he heard rustling in his Fouesnant garden, police said.

His son said he was climbing the tree to get some fruit.

He was hit in the cheek, arm and hand, the New York Daily News reports. He was rushed to local a hospital and is now in stable condition.

Police seized the elderly man’s gun.

Sources: New York Daily News, The Local