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Police: Glendale father shoots his sons; 20-year-old man is dead, 15-year-old boy is hospitalized

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GLENDALE (WITI) -- Glendale police say a man shot his two sons on Thursday afternoon, June 26th. One of them is dead -- and the second is being treated at Children's Hospital.

FOX6 News has learned through friends and former coaches that the brothers are 20-year-old Robert Washington and 15-year-old Wesley Washington.

Robert Washington was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wesley Washington is at Children's Hospital.

Police say an argument led to the shooting outside the family's home on Theresa Lane in Glendale on Thursday afternoon.

Police say the suspect -- the father of the victims, is in custody.

The call came in around 2:00 p.m.

It is practically impossible for strangers -- let alone relatives to believe that a father would shoot his own sons.

But Glendale police say that's what happened on Thursday afternoon.

When officers arrived, they found the 15-year-old attending to the 20-year-old victim.

"We found the victims together, one attending to the other. At that point, one of our officers tried to perform CPR on the one victim that seemed to be a life-threatening situation at that point. That person did pass," Joel Dhein with the Glendale Police Department said.

Officers pulled the 20-year-old to the driveway of a neighboring home before administering first aid because they did not know where the shooter was.

Police say the shooter later surrendered without incident at the home.

Faith Moore says she used to live across the street from the family. She considered Robert Washington a good friend.

"Robert had these little pretty eyes and he had one of the best personalities -- a very bubbly personality and very outspoken, always knew how to make people laugh. He was the life of the party," Moore said.

Moore says under no circumstances did she think something like this was possible.

Police say it's unclear what caused the dispute that led to the shooting.

One neighbor says the only yelling she heard was after the shooting.

"I was in the house and I heard two gunshots just a few seconds apart and then I heard some yelling. Then I heard someone call for help then I heard the sirens and police came," the neighbor said.

A short time later, police and paramedics escorted a man in handcuffs to an ambulance.

Friends have identified him as the father -- and now, a murder suspect.

It's a devastating sight for those who rushed to the scene, and a crushing loss for those who considered the 20-year-old Nicolet High School graduate a friend.

"I just talked to Robert last week and he was telling me how his plans were to transfer to UWM and how he was glad we still kept in touch," Moore said.

Police say Wesley Washington is in stable condition at Children's Hospital.

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates.


  • Robert Martin

    If children were allowed to arm themselves against abusive parents this youngster might have been able to blow his fathers brains out before he blew his child’s brain;s out. Listen to the NRA and we’ll all be safer, I guess!

    • Twanda

      This is the very reason guns should not be in the home. you never know the state of mind of any person. I knew this family for many years and I am numb! My prayers are to this family. This man was not abusive to those children, I know the mother would not of let that happen. But this is a horrific situation. She loved her sons and it hurts me to see him gone for something that is so senseless. My prayers are with the Washington and Robinson family.

  • Jonesie

    Just be respectful of the family’s situation. A lot of friends and family members will be visiting this site to see this video and remember Robert. Be nice or just don’t make a statement.

  • Mick

    The 1 person your suppose to trust blindly kills a son and wounds the other… Enjoy prison you jerk !!!

  • triplea

    There is an old adage that state “I brought you in this world, and I will take you out of it.” If this is the case of children attempting to buck up at the parent, this could be a worse case scenario relative to the old adage. Marvin Gaye’s father did the same thing. At the end of the day inferences and assumptions are baseless without the facts. Condolences to the family for this is truly a tragic event.

  • Preacher

    What a sad situation. The bible says in the last days that it will be mothers against daughters and fathers against sons. I pray that this family finds comfort and peace in this time of grief. Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of these people.

  • kobefamily

    These are my neighbors and are lovely people. Could not have been friendlier or nicer; never fail to wave as I drove by 50 times a week. The horrible memories that Wes and his mom will have to live with are unbelievable, so instead of passing judgment keep them in your prayers.

    • jackie

      Any idea as to why the father would have done that? I mean ‘he was so nice’, right? it wasn’t very nice of him to shoot his two sons and kill one of them!!

  • lauren

    I went to high school with Robert. He was funny and sweet. He was a few years younger then me but was always a fun kid to see in the halls. My heart and prayers go out to his younger brother and rest of his family.

  • Concerned Parent

    Robert Martin,
    Your suggestion of letting kids have guns for their protection is absolutely ridiculous!! I do believe that adults should be allowed to have guns once they pass a background check. You and the NRA need to really check yourselves cause you have both gone way overboard where guns are concerned!!! This is just a terrible and sad situation for this family. I don’t think they need comments that say anything about blowing someone’s brain out. Prayers to the family.

    • Ronburgandy

      Check ourselves? Lol. I think its your group that needs to ” pump the brakes ” a bit. 23 of your ilk gunned each other down in Chicongo last weekend with illegal guns. This has nothing to do with the NRA.

  • Donna

    I’m sure he was obviously a father that didn’t care about his sons. He doesn’t deserve to be called a father, he’s not one. Prayers to you and your family.

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