Convicted felon father shoots his teenage son in argument over buying tobacco


Thomas Milvie Lewis 
By: Tanya Malhotra

Police were called to a hospital in South Carolina, after a teenager came in with a gunshot wound.

The teenager underwent an emergency surgery on Sunday afternoon, after being shot by his father.

Police said that 41-one-year-old Thomas Milvie Lewis of Conway, shot his 18-year-old son during an argument over buying tobacco.

At first, when the Horry County police officer arrived in the emergency room at Conway Medical Center at 12:30 p.m., the victim claimed that the shooting was an accident.

The young man told police that he was hit with a 12-gauge shotgun.

However, after further investigation, police learned that father had shot him during an altercation.

The victim eventually admitted that he and his father had a argument about going to the store for tobacco. During the altercation, there was a fight inside the house.

The teenager told police that he went out of the house, but his father followed him and shot him once.

The teen suffered injuries to both of his thighs, according to an arrest warrant.

The victim's mother took him to the hospital and he was then transferred to the Grand Strand Medical Center for surgery.

Lewis was arrested and charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and the unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was booked in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Bail was set at $14,000.