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Hillsboro man shot; police accuse brother

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

HILLSBORO — It was not entirely clear why a man allegedly attacked his brother with a shotgun Monday night, said Hillsboro Police Chief Michael Taylor.

Police were called after James Hampton, 55, showed up at his neighbor's home with about 11 buckshot wounds to his left side, back, arm and leg, Taylor said.

Hampton told police he was sitting on the front porch of his 11445 Main St. home waiting on a ride from his sister when the assault took place at about 7:15 p.m.

"He said that he was just sitting on the porch minding his own business," Taylor said.

His brother, Claude Hampton, 55, who shares the residence, had been drinking and apparently became upset during a telephone conversation with a female friend moments before the attack, Taylor said.

"He came outside and hit his brother in the head with a pair of nunchucks. (James Hampton) took the nunchucks from him and asked what was wrong with him," Taylor said.

Claude Hampton went back inside the house, and James Hampton continued waiting in the street for his sister to arrive.

Claude Hampton walked back out of the house armed with a shotgun and fired on his brother once, Taylor said.

The next-door-neighbor heard the gunshot, Taylor said.

Shortly after, James Hampton showed up, saying his brother had shot him.

An ambulance took Hampton to Decatur General Hospital for treatment. Taylor said Hampton's injuries were not life-threatening and that he was stable and able to talk to police late Monday.

Police arrested Claude Hampton and charged him with second-degree assault. He was transferred to Lawrence County Jail.

Taylor said police confiscated a pair of nunchucks at the scene. They searched the house and yard but had not found the shotgun late Monday.

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