An 86-year-old Lincoln man is accused of shooting his son Tuesday afternoon with a stolen gun.
Gerald McLaughlin is charged with two counts of elevated aggravated assault, both Class A crimes, and one count of theft of a firearm, a Class B crime.
McLaughlin allegedly stole the CZ 9 mm gun from a neighbor’s pickup truck after the owner of the gun refused to lend him a weapon.
He made his first court appearance Wednesday from the Penobscot County Jail by video conference. McLaughlin was not asked to enter pleas because he has not yet been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury.
After shooting his son, McLaughlin threw the gun in a snowbank outside his apartment on Camden Drive, according to the police affidavit filed at the Penobscot County Judicial Center.
McLaughlin allegedly told police that his son was not taking his medication for a mental health disorder, and that he began breaking things as McLaughlin attempted to move to a motel across the street. The son also waved his finger at McLaughlin and threatened him, the affidavit said.
A neighbor told investigators that the shooting did not surprise her, according to the court document.
“This does not surprise me, the kid beat the hell out of the old guy for money for drugs,” the neighbor said.
The victim remained at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center on Wednesday. His condition has not been made public.
Superior Court Justice Bruce Mallonee set McLaughlin’s bail at $2,000 cash with the conditions that he have no contact with the victim and witnesses, abide by the conditions of a Maine Pretrial Services contract, possess no dangerous weapons and be under house arrest.
The Penobscot County district attorney’s office asked for $10,000 cash bail, but Mallonnee said that was too high given McLaughlin’s age and the likelihood that the coronavirus eventually would infect inmates at the jail.