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Fight between son and father leads to shooting

The son assaulted and pistol whipped the father, which led to the father shooting his son in the mouth.

A son and father in Crossville were both taken to the hospital after a fight that led to a shooting Tuesday afternoon.

Marshall County Deputies responded to a residence on Martling Gap Road after receiving reports of the shooting.

Deputies say 73-year-old Phillip Whitten, had been assaulted by his son, 52-year-old Randall Whitten, which led to Phillip shooting Randall in the mouth.

The son, Randall, went to his father’s house and assaulted his father and pistol whipped him. This led to the father shooting his son in the mouth with a small caliber handgun.

Randall Whitten was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital for treatment. He is now out of the hospital and is in the Marshall County Jail on Domestic Violence Charges. 

Phillip Whitten was taken to Marshall Medical Center South where he received treatment for his injuries.

This case remains under investigation.