Police believe a 10-year-old boy intentionally shot and killed his father over the weekend.
32-year-old Jeff Hall was California director of the National Socialist Movement, the nation’s biggest neo-Nazi group.
Police were called to Hall’s Riverside home at 4:04 a.m. Sunday and found him badly injured, lying on a couch. Paramedics tried to revive him but he died in his home. Police say the cause was a single gunshot wound to the chest, but an autopsy is pending.
Police say Hall’s son, who has not been identified, admits to shooting his father with a handgun. “We believe it was an intentional act,” said Riverside police Lt. Ed Blevins.
The boy, who is reportedly the oldest of Jeff Hall’s five children, hasn’t said why he allegedly shot his father and officials have not speculated about a possible motive. But after interviewing Hall’s wife and children, police booked the boy into juvenile hall on a homicide charge. He could officially be charged as early as today.
Hall gained attention last year in his failed attempt to win a seat on an obscure water board in Riverside. He was open about his white-supremacist beliefs when questioned. “I want a white nation,” he told the Los Angeles Times last year. “I don’t hide what I am, and I don’t water that down.”
A neighbor told the paper that the family could be intimidating, noting that at a recent Halloween party, they flew a swastika flag and guests wore KKK hoods.
I wonder if the boy shot his dad in self-defense or just full-on blasted him on purpose? Police had no record of previous calls to the Hall’s home for domestic violence. The million dollar question with a headline like this is whether the father’s beliefs played into the shooting or whether it was just some sort of general family fight that escalated. If the white supremacy was a motivating factor in the shooting, what kind of punishment should the boy face? According to California law he won’t be tried as an adult regardless of the motive because he’s under 14.