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A Boynton Beach man is facing felony charges after he allegedly shot a neighbor with a shotgun following an argument over loud music, according to an arrest report.

Rodney Lorenzo Askins, 43, is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail, accused of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Askins allegedly confronted his neighbor Jan. 12 at a two-story building in the 400 block of Northeast 10th Avenue over loud music.

Askins retrieved a handgun and flashed it at the neighbor, who attempted to grab the weapon, the report said. The two men wrestled, falling down a staircase, and the gun went off twice, but no one was injured.

While the men wrestled, Askins’ mother came out of her apartment toting a shotgun, which she allegedly pointed at the neighbor. Askins took the shotgun away from his mother and chased the neighbor outside the building before firing the weapon several times, the report said.

The neighbor, who is 36, sustained non-life threatening wounds to his back and neck. He ran to his sister’s home where he called police.

Records show that Askins is on probation through July 15 after he was convicted in 2013 of two counts of aggravated assault with a weapon and one count of robbery with a weapon.

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