Dad in Plymouth shooting had history of domestic violence
PLYMOUTH, Mass. -- A father and son were in critical condition at a Boston-area hospital Wednesday after police say the father shot his son and then shot himself.
Neighbors reported hearing the shots at around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at a home on Jamie’s Path in Plymouth. Investigators say it was a domestic shooting where a father shot his 15-year-old son and then turned the gun on himself. Neighbors found the son with a gunshot wound to his upper body.
“All I heard was a really loud bang and it made me aware that it was a gunshot,” Mark Miller, a neighbor, said. “So my first instinct was, while my daughter was upstairs with my phone, was to call 911.”
Miller says, after he called police, he realized more shots had been fired.
“I heard two additional gunshots, so when the gunshots happened I knew it was pretty serious,” he said. “And then I saw the son kind of walk up to my property with a woman next door that was very kind to help.”
The father, Richard Panepinto, has a history of violence.
“We kind of stayed away from him. Isolated ourselves from them,” said Bob Nash, a neighbor.
Court paperwork shows that in 2007 Richard Panepinto was charged with nearly beating his wife to death with baseball bats and a portable television. Court photos show the bloody bathroom where police found her.
The charges were later dismissed after Richard Panepinto’s wife, Janet Panepinto, wrote a letter dated July 12, 2007. The letter asked the judge for his release, stating: "I am in no way afraid of my husband and he has never harmed me of any kind before." She also wrote, “"We have a 10-year-old son that we both love very much and he needs to spend time with both of his parents."
Neighbors were afraid, though.
“We’re concerned about all the weapons they got out of the house, too, back then. We heard there were like 20 weapons that they pulled out then. So I don’t understand how he could get a gun again,” said Nash, a concerned neighbor.
Police haven’t said what led to the shooting. Both the teen and Richard Panepinto were rushed to the hospital. Officers said the teenager is expected to survive. Sources said Richard Panepinto is in worse condition than his son, he has been charged with a number of crimes, including assault with the intent to murder.
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