10-year-old boy says he shot dad on purpose
The 10-year-old son of a white supremacist leader told investigators during questioning that he intentionally shot his father with a handgun inside their Riverside home, police said.
Riverside police were still verifying the boy's statement as to why he shot Jeff Russell Hall at about 4 a.m. Sunday, but that it had nothing to do with the 32-year-old man's political activities with the National Socialist Movement, Lt. Ed Blevins said by phone Tuesday.
"We're still looking at it," Blevins said, adding that it was a rather straightforward case. "There are still a couple of different angles to it."
The boy, oldest of Hall's five children, has been booked into Riverside juvenile hall on investigation of murder. The Riverside County district attorney was interviewing the boy Tuesday afternoon, Blevins said.
Police have not released the boy's name.
The boy is one of two children from a previous relationship, Blevins said. He said it was his understanding that the boy's mother lived out of state and didn't know the specific legal custody arrangement between the parents.
Child Protective Services took custody of the other four children, who also were in the home at the time of the shooting. Hall's wife, who also was not named, is not suspected of any crime, Blevins said.
Police responded to a shots fired call at 4:04 a.m. Sunday and arrived to find Hall inside the home with a single bullet wound to his upper body. Riverside firefighters pronounced him dead 16 minutes later, according to the Riverside County coroner.
Investigators recovered a rifle and the pistol they believe was used in the shooting. Blevins said they found the pistol under a bed.
Police had no record of previous calls to the home for domestic violence at the Halls home in the 5400 block of Lauder Court. But police had responded to a number of complaints about protestors at the residence demonstrating against Hall's activities with the Detroit-based National Socialist Movement, Blevins said.
Hall was the Southwestern States Regional Director for the organization, which promotes white separatism among other race-based goals. He gained national notoriety last year when he ran for a Riverside water board, garnering over 25 percent of the vote.
Hall frequently led patrols at the U.S.-Mexico border against illegal immigrants in Arizona and California, according to the published reports and the National Socialist Movement website. He also led protests against illegal immigration around Southern California, including one in Riverside two years ago that turned violent when hundreds of counter-demonstrators faced off against the group.
Commander Jeff Schoep, head of the National Socialist Movement, called Hall in a statement on the organization's website, "A loving Father of five children, a family man, and a dedicated American Patriot."
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