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Laurens County grandfather charged with murder in grandson’s shooting death

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Witnessing a crime and reporting it can be just as frightening as being the victim of a crime. Here’s what you should do if you witness illegal activity.

A Dublin man argued with family members before his grandfather shot and killed him Sunday, investigators say.

At about 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Laurens County sheriff’s deputies responded to the shooting at 1641 Railroad St. in Montrose, according to a Laurens County sheriff’s news release.

Charles Christopher Patterson, 28, of Pond Road in Dublin, was fatally wounded after arguing with others at the home of his grandfather, Ervin Blash, who lives at the address on Railroad Street.

About a half-dozen people had gathered at the house when Blash got involved in the argument, Laurens County sheriff’s Capt. Chris Bracewell said Monday.

“He went in and got a gun and shot him,” Bracewell said. “It’s a bad situation all around.”

Blash, 65, was arrested, charged with murder and is being held in the Laurens County Law Enforcement Center.

Other charges are pending the conclusion of the investigation.

Witnessing a crime and reporting it can be just as frightening as being the victim of a crime. Here’s what you should do if you witness illegal activity.

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