published: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Man jailed for shooting his nephew
LAKE PLACID -- A 56-year-old man is facing attempted murder charges after he allegedly shot his nephew with a 12-gauge shotgun at around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
According to arrest reports, James Ellis and the victim, 31-year-old Larry Ellis Jr., had tried to go to the Highlands County Jail to post bond for Larry Ellis' father, but the vehicle they were riding in broke down and had to be towed back to their residence.
The report said Larry Ellis was angry and shouting because his father was still in jail and the vehicle had broken down. The victim reportedly told his mother to give him a ride, but she said the only vehicle available was a stick shift, which she didn't know how to drive.
Larry Ellis kept shouting, the report said, demanding that he be given a ride. At that point, James Ellis told Larry Ellis that if he kept it up James Ellis "was going to get the gun" and shoot him.
Larry Ellis continued to talk, the report said, so James Ellis "got up, went to the bedroom, returned with a shotgun and shot the victim."
Larry Ellis dropped to the floor, then got up and ran outside. He was found lying in the driveway of an adjacent residence with "severe injuries to his left arm/elbow as well as a large injury/hole in his left torso." He was flown to an out-of-county hospital for surgery.
James Ellis was charged with attempted first degree murder.
Defending James (by: CP Jones - 9/28/2012)
James is a quite,polite,man.Larry Ellis Jr. on the other hand is a BAD-BAD person.Just check out his record and his father.They are for sure father and son Maybe Jr. will learn his lesson.I hope James gets off.
dysfunctional family!` (by: smart women of florida - 9/28/2012)
First of all entire family is on Meth drugs whatever they can get their hands on! Larry Ellis junior is the original #problemchild Guy is a grown man that cant even do simple long division!!! This family is an example of why our country is in debt!!! Larry Ellis jr IS THE MOUTH OF THE South and hopefully learned his lesson for once!!! #holdyourtongue
James Ellis (by: FAITH - 9/21/2012)
FREE JAMES ELLIS.
Larry Ellis, Jr. (by: Elizabeth - 9/21/2012)
would like to read more about it.
i call bs (by: outsider - 9/18/2012)
how was james life threaten? lary was unarrmed...and from what i have been told james had to pass the back door twice once when he went to get the gun the second when he shot larry in the kitchen...larry didnt go after him so why didnt he just walk out the back door and call the police?? well all know larry runs his mouth but did he really need to be shot? no he didnt..the ploice could have been called and the problem would have been delt with..now theres a man in jail and a man in the hospital and a whole family thats been torn apart..its very sad god bless them all
WOW! (by: NIck-B - 9/18/2012)
Sounds like Street Justice is alive in LP. Don't worry the Jury will see or the charges will get dropped.
Ellis Family (by: LP Resident - 9/18/2012)
This is a very sad situation for all involved. No one should judge James unless you were in his shoes. Larry is more than 20years younger and lot stronger and he has pushed James and his Mother for way too long. And, yes I agree noone deserves to get shot, however none of us can imagine the fear James had when Larry was on one of his rants. Pray for all Larry, James and Sandy, I am sure James snapped for that moment and now has to live with the guilt of what he has done. I pray the Larry recovers and changes his lifestyle, I pray that James is set free and I pray for Larry's mom to receive peace, comfort and strength to get through this.
yuuup (by: free JAMES - 9/17/2012)
i remeber the victim from school he deserves what he got he always bullied other kids HAHAHAHAAH larry
Larry, POS (by: Larry - 9/15/2012)
Am I surprised to hear Larry got shot... NO! Larry treats everyone with the most DISRESPECT he possibly can. I am broken hearted for James. I know somone can only be pushed so far, and James has put up with Larry for tooo many years. I hope he gets Stand Your Ground. Too many people know how Larry is.
Ellis attempted murder (by: Sharon Davidoff - 9/15/2012)
I am not acquainted with the persons involved but I am new to the area and sorry to hear of crime in our small town. God bless all involved.
James Ellis Story (by: Concerned Citizen - 9/15/2012)
First of all Larry's father was out of jail in North Florida not Highlands County. Second Larry DID NOT want James and Sandy to go get him. Also, Larry threaten to beat James A-- when he asked him to leave his house. Sandy was told by a neighbor to call 911 and she didn't because she knew if she did that her son LARRY would have hurt her. Come on people we all know this and for the ones that don't look up Larry Ellis on the Highlands County Web Site.
Plain stupid... (by: D.J. Steward - 9/15/2012)
That is just plain stupid...call the cops, say your nephew is out of control. Tell him to cut it out. Do anything you can. Did he get a knife? Did the nephew have a gun? You can't just shoot someone because you don't know how to settle an argument properly.
???? (by: Naomi waters - 9/14/2012)
James Ellis does not need to be where he is at as their is way more to the story and enough is enough !!! Look at Larry Ellis's PAST !!!!!!!!!!!
justice (by: wayne - 9/14/2012)
The only victim is that man sitting in jail
(by: wayne - 9/14/2012)
this story is completely wrong! and that man every right to shoot him! when you are threatened to be harmed in your own house, what else is there to do!
Agreed (by: Hope - 9/14/2012)
I agree with Becky, he doesnt deserve to be in jail. He went to the extreme as far as shooting him, but maybe he felt threatened, or just finally got fed up with his nephews BS!!
MR James Ellis (by: Becky - 9/14/2012)
He does not deserve to be in jail. the victim on the other hand needs to be. This was clearly a Stand Your Ground issue. If this goes to trial it will come out as the neighborhood will stand up for James as most of his family will to.
Well... (by: Red - 9/14/2012)
... that will learn him.
WTF (by: OMG - 9/13/2012)
Its not funny but, WTF ????
WHAT! (by: ChiefBob - 9/13/2012)
You can't do that?
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