Craig Wilson, of Smith County, Miss. is in critical condition after being brutally beaten and shot by a family member, allegedly because his biracial grandchildren were visiting his home, reports WLBT.com.
“They called him some severe names and then they told him to leave and they chased him off his porch around his house and beat him with brass knuckles and shot him with his own gun,” said Julie Wilson, the victim’s sister.
Jeff Daniels, Wilson’s stepson, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and released on $20,000 bond.
Read more from WLBT:
The family tells us his stepson, with his son, came to Wilson’s property screaming racist remarks at the family. The stepson, Jeff Daniels, and Craig Wilson allegedly got into a heated argument over his grandchildren. The family claims they threatened him, then beat him before shooting Wilson in the stomach.
They classify the incident as a hate crime.
The mother of the three children remains distraught that her father is fighting for his life. Laura Runnels said.
“It’s just really hard to deal with right now,” said Runnels. Runnels is Wilson’s daughter. She is white. The father of the children is black. He declined to go on camera and talk with us.
According to the family, the threats to keep the mixed race grandchildren away have been ongoing, and two weeks ago the family found a cross burning in their yard.