BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (WCCO) – A 58-year-old Brooklyn Park man is accused of shooting his son while the two were drinking at a table in their residence, according to charges filed Thursday in Hennepin County Court.

Howard Glenn Bascomb was charged with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the incident.

According to a criminal complaint, Brooklyn Center Police responded to a report of a shooting at about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday at a residence on the 6800 block of York Place North. The caller, a woman at the residence, said she was woken up by a gun shot. She told police she then saw her boyfriend and his father, later identified as Howard Bascomb, had been sitting at a table drinking and playing with a handgun that had discharged.

When authorities arrived, they found that the victim, later identified as 23-year-old Alexander Aaron Bascomb, had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was slumped over in a chair. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Howard Bascomb told police the gun was his and that he and his son had been drinking late the night before and early that morning. He said at some point they decided to field strip the gun and put it pack together. When they were attempting to put it back together, the safety was off and Glenn Bascomb’s finger was on the trigger when it discharged, striking his son.

Howard Bascomb told police that he wasn’t paying attention to the safety on the gun and the shooting was his fault.  If convicted, Howard Bascomb faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Comments (35)
  1. Oh me Oh my says:

    That friggen photo makes me wonder …. about a lot of things.
    inbred … angry …. unstable … psycho …buzzed … Cahrlie Manson …. Jeffrey Dahmer ….. Michelle Bachmann …. me done now

    1. very sad says:

      It looks like he’s crying to me. Again, bad decision to play with guns especially while you’re drinking.

      1. cowgirl says:

        Oh me Oh my, makes me wonder about the likes of you, putting Michelle Bachman in this catagory. I think you are an idiot. No one should be messing with any gun while drinking. That is just plain suicide, but some people will never learn!!

      2. what says:

        Well, I could see playing with a gun any time of the day – BUT NOT LOADED!!!!!!!!

    2. @oh me oh my says:

      You’ve perfectly described your lineage & family history to us all.

  2. zee the reporter says:

    gun accidents occur in the process of loading, unloading, or transporting weapons!

    1. zee the reporter says:

      buy the way he looks like charlie sheen!

      1. Jack Noff says:

        And you are an uneducated imbecile.

        1. zeesux says:

          Look, he can copy.

        2. cowgirl says:

          Geez zee the reporter, you can’t even come up with your own words. Your not too bright.

          1. usuk says:

            Likewise for you, cowpoke.

          2. zee the reporter says:

            i love ya cowpie!

  3. Jim says:

    He looks very sad.

  4. tea party member says:

    aint gunz grate

    1. anudder tee party guy says:

      yup dey sho iz

  5. OMG says:

    Hmmmm – guess maybe he should be sad.

    Drinking and re-assembling a loaded weapon = disaster nearly every time.
    Booze will kill ya in more ways than one.
    How horrific to have to live with yourself after something like this.

  6. Sgt says:

    Drunks with guns, Not a good combo.

  7. BearskinBob says:

    The school of hard knocks is a good teacher but often the price is quite high.

  8. KegHead says:

    Can you say…..St. Louis methhead?

  9. Hey Kevin says:

    Ain’t diversity grand, Kevin??

  10. anti bachmann says:

    there sure is stupid people in this world

  11. felice says:

    How about knowing you killed your 23yr old son who had his whole future ahead of him & STOP your drinking completely.

    1. Larry F. says:

      How about knowing you killed the likelihood of your progeny from repeating your mistakes. Let’s hope neither have living children.

  12. doug says:

    The headline is wrong. There was nothing about that event that was an accident. An accident is something bad that happens in spite of taking all reasonable efforts to prevent it. This case was gross stupidiy and criminal action causing death.

  13. Minnesota says:

    All of you people are heartless. This man has to live with this on his mind for the rest of his life. I love you Howard, and i will be seeing you soon.

  14. DHM081963 says:

    What I don’t understand is how come when you Accidently kill someone DRUNK with a gun you face 10 yrs in prison. But when you accidently hit and kill someone DRUNK with a car you get 4 yrs in prison it don’t make NO sense you still killed someone either way ???????

  15. guest2011 says:

    Once again, too much alcohol causes people to do STUPID things. Why in the world would you field strip a gun when you’re too drunk to make sure that the safety is ON. Now both the 23 yr old son is DEAD and his dad is in jail for KILLING him in a drunken state of mind. STUPIDITY on both of them.

  16. mikes says:

    This story doesn’t make sense. After stripping it down, there is no way to reassemble the gun pre-loaded. The gun has to be physically loaded after the slide and barrel are reattached or in the case of a revolver the cylinder would have to have bullets in it prior to installing it, and that’s pretty obvious.

    1. jessica says:

      I was thinking the same thing!

      1. jessica says:

        That story tell what happened a little differently

  17. What it is says:

    It doesn’t take alcohol to do stupid things like this – they were simply stupid to begin with, and the alcohol had nothing to do with it. And as Ron White often points out: ya can’t fix stupid…

  18. Lobva Osiris Chinchillas says:

    RIP Alex.
    Wish you and your mother would’ve stayed in BHC with us where we grew up.
    don’t even remember what we fought about back then, i wish i couldve been the bigger kid and apologised.

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