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Family feud
ends in gunfire

Deputies say Elkmont mom gave shotgun to 11-year-old son, who shot cousin in leg; boy, parents booked

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ELKMONT — An Elkmont family went to jail after the mother allegedly sent her 11-year-old son armed with a shotgun to a feud between his dad and cousin, a Limestone investigator said.

The fight ended Tuesday night when the son allegedly shot his cousin in the leg, Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said.

The dad, Brian Paul Usery, 34, of 21549 Thomas Road, and his cousin Carlos "Randall" Usery, 37, of 21671 Thomas Road, have been fighting over "anything and everything" for two to three weeks, McNatt said.

The disagreement escalated when Randall Usery allegedly left his son's bicycle at Brian Usery's home and would not retrieve it, McNatt said.

"Brian left the bike in the middle of the road so Randall would have to stop and pick it up to get home, but instead of doing that, Randall tossed the bike back into Brian's yard," McNatt said.

That led to Brian Usery telephoning Randall Usery. McNatt said the two argued, and then Randall Usery invited Brian Usery over to "settle it once and for all."

"Brian accepted, and the mom gave their son a shotgun to accompany his dad over there" McNatt said. "Brian and Randall got into a physical fight, and the son shot Randall in the left leg."

Victim hospitalized

MedFlight took Randall Usery to Huntsville Hospital, where he was in the orthopedic ward Wednesday, McNatt said. There was no bone injury, but he may have to have skin grafting, McNatt said.

Authorities charged the 11-year-old son with second-degree assault and released him into his parents' custody.

McNatt said authorities charged the mom, Janice Usery, 31, with contributing to the delinquency of a minor because she allegedly gave her son the shotgun.

Authorities charged Brian Usery with the same charge because "he didn't get his son to put the gun up" McNatt said.

They are out on $1,000 bond each.

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