by Sam Clanton
FORSYTH, Mo. – A man from Rockaway Beach is facing eight felony charges for allegedly shooting his father during an altercation last weekend.
Twenty-eight-year-old Mark Schwartz is being held in the Taney County Jail on a cash-only bond of 100-thousand dollars. He is charged with three counts of first-degree assault, three counts of armed criminal action, and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.
According to a probable cause statement, the altercation stemmed from Schwartz’s girlfriend showing up unannounced at his father’s home Saturday night. The father reportedly pointed a shotgun at the girlfriend, thinking someone was there to rob him.
Later on, Schwartz confronted his father about the situation, and ended up shooting him in the right thigh with a .22 caliber pistol.
The father stated he did not seek immediate medical treatment for his injury, but was shot again Sunday morning when Schwartz returned to his home and continued the altercation. Schwartz allegedly struck his father with a claw hammer before shooting him a second time.
The father was hospitalized after sustaining a gunshot wound to the front of his leg. Before seeking treatment at Cox Hospital, the man appeared in person at the Taney County Sheriff’s Office to report the incident.