Glenn DeCarlo, alleged schmuck, tries to shoot housemate, instead hits son -- twice

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The Schmuck of the Week Board of Directors at Westword want to make one thing clear: We don't recommend that you shoot anyone. And we really, really, really advise against doing so when one of your family members is in the line of fire -- which appears to be what happened in the case of Glenn DeCarlo, who allegedly shot his son by accident. Twice.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, DeCarlo, 45, had been sharing his Black Forest area home, located on the 8700 block of Shipman Lane, with one Matthew Fancher, a mutual friend of him and his adult son, 22-year-old Anthony DeCarlo.

Maybe "former friend" is the more appropriate term, though. The elder DeCarlo reportedly told Fancher to hit the highway -- and he appears to have been mighty serious about it. When Fancher turned up at the house to get his stuff, at the unusal hour of 1 a.m. on Wednesday, January 9, authorities believe Glenn grabbed a gat and opened fire.

Problem is, Anthony was the one who wound up eating lead.

The two gunshots that struck Anthony aren't thought to be life-threatening. However, they were a threat to Glenn DeCarlo's freedom. He was busted on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault. A $50,000 bond has also been issued in his name.

Granted, Glenn would be in even greater risk of long-term imprisonment if his aim had been better...so maybe things worked out for the best after all.

Here's a larger look at DeCarlo's mug shot.

More from our Schmuck of the Week archive: "Joseph Kern: Is he a schmuck for back-wages lawsuit against restaurant he allegedly robbed?"

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