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Family Altercation Erupts In Gunfire, Brother Shot In The Chest

A Bella Vista man was shot by his brother, and if he makes it out of the hospital, he’ll be the one facing charges. Shasta County Sheriff’s Deputies were sent just after 9 O’clock to a home on Squaw Grass Trail on reports of a family disturbance with shots fired. They arrived to find 35-year-old Joshua Snyder inside the open garage of the house, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in his torso. As he was rushed to the hospital, deputies got the story from family members. They said Joshua had been the aggressor, and while brandishing a pistol at his mother he had fired a shot that didn’t hit anyone. Joshua’s brother, Jeffrey Snyder, was elsewhere at the home and when he heard the shot he armed himself with a gun and went to check it out. The brothers confronted each other in the garage and Joshua reportedly pointed his pistol at Jeffrey and started advancing toward him. That’s when Jeffrey shot his brother several times. The sheriff’s office says Jeffrey will not face charges as the shooting appears to be self defense. At last word, Joshua remained in critical condition, and criminal charges await him upon discharge.