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Police: Dispute over toddler's haircut led to shooting

Posted April 28, 2010

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— Durham police charged a 48-year-old man Tuesday who they say accidentally shot himself and then shot an 18-year-old during a dispute over a toddler's haircut.

Investigators believe that Dennis M. Ettson, of Waring Street, got in an argument with the 18-year-old man in the 600 block of Stratton Way late Sunday morning, said police spokeswoman Kammie Michael. She said that Ettson accidentally shot himself in the arm and then shot the victim.

Both men were treated for their injuries and released from a local hospital.

Ettson was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon in the presence of a minor, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and discharging a firearm within the city limits.

He was placed in the Durham County jail under a $600,000 bond.


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  • putsomethoughtinit Apr 29, 2010

    wildcat -

    The child didn't get shot, it was the adults who were shot.
    As for the mother, she probably sent the child with its father to get the hair cut.

  • AtALost Apr 28, 2010

    Fayette-nam certainly isn't any better than Durham. I'm shocked you're so proud to commute for over an hour considering the amount of crime in Fayetteville. This doesn't come close to the Shaniya Davis story. Durham has a lot of cheap housing so there are a lot of people who make bad decisions (and therefore can only afford cheap housing). Plenty of "challenged" residents in Raleigh too. Unfortunately, society doesn't remove parental rights or mandate sterilization for these parents so it will likely continue as we become a dumber nation.

  • wildcat Apr 28, 2010

    Since he was a felon, I hope he gets sent back to prison for a long while. He knew the rules.

  • Whatever Geez Apr 28, 2010

    keep shooting...get rid of the waste in society.....

  • beachboater Apr 28, 2010

    "it is amazing how most of these stories about a shooting involve a convicted felon carrying a gun." ech

    All the more reason for law abiding citizens to own a gun and know how to shoot it.

    When a mugger is in your face with a gun, the police are only minutes away.

  • wildcat Apr 28, 2010

    Where was the mother in all of this? Was she being control by the so-called father?

  • wildcat Apr 28, 2010

    A toddler get shot over some adult stupid mess. The courts should lock the adults up for awhile for this. When they get out they should both have to pay the toddlers medical bills.

  • Spooner Apr 28, 2010

    Durham in the news again? Its not Duke basketball but this time they had something worth shooting for.

  • fuzzmom Apr 28, 2010

    Not that it makes the reaction any better, but I wonder if it was a girl or a boy. For some cultures cutting a little girl's hair is really frowned upon. Just wondering. . . Again, response was not cool.

  • Anneleise Apr 28, 2010

    A hair cut? REALLY?? How stupid can you get? Some of these gene pools are all dried up.