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Guns and the elderly: An under-the-radar public health hazard

There’s still a sense of shock in Paul Schnell’s voice when he talks about two murders that happened in the suburban community of Maplewood, where he served as police chief.

Both involved an elderly parent shooting an adult child after arguments about what was on television — or what wasn’t. Kenneth Bowser, then 90, meant only to scare his son Larry on the night of Sept. 12, 2015, but killed him instead with a pistol he’d kept under his pillow. Eighteen months before that, 84-year-old Pang Se Vang fatally wounded his 36-year-old son after the son refused to install cable television.


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