'Barney and Friends' creator's son arrested for attempted murder

By Gavriella Tjandra,

The son of Barney and Friends co-creator Shirley Leach was arrested for attempted murder.

27-year-old Patrick Leach was arrested in Agoura Hills, California for allegedly shooting a 49-year-old man in the chest on January 9, TMZ reported.

According to the Associated Press, the man Leach shot was his Malibu neighbor and the shooting happened over an ongoing dispute.

The Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said that on Thursday, Leach fled by car and was arrested several miles away, a few minutes after the police arrived on the shooting scene.

Leach had been released with a $1 million bail.

The police found all the evidence linking him to the shooting and are currently looking into Leach's possible motives.

Whitmore declined to say what the dispute was between Leach and his Malibu neighbor. All he said was that the neighbor was shot in the chest with a.45-caliber gun.

The victim was treated in UCLA and is in critical condition, but is expected to recover soon.



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