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Man shoots friend over James Brown height debate

ATMORE (AP) — An Atmore man shot a friend when the two got into an argument over the height of recently deceased soul singer James Brown, police said.

Dan Gulley Jr., 70, was charged with assault in connection with the shooting of David James Brooks Jr., 62, shortly after noon Monday, police said.

Atmore officers said the two were at the home of a friend when, according to witnesses, the argument over the height of "The Godfather of Soul" escalated, with Gulley shooting Brooks twice in the abdomen.

The wounded Brooks went to his car, got a gun and shot at Gulley but missed, then went to the police station, officers said.

Gulley also went to the station and told police he had shot Brooks. Gulley remained in the Escambia County Jail on Wednesday.

Atmore police said Brooks was taken to the hospital by paramedics.

Information on his condition was not available.

The Press-Register in Mobile said officers did not believe alcohol was a factor in the argument in Atmore, about 60 miles northeast of Mobile.

Brown, 73, died of heart failure Christmas morning in an Atlanta hospital.

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