Weld Undersheriff: Father-Son Shooting Started Over Dishes

Brad Kramer Suffered Life-Threatening Brain Injury

A shooting and attempted suicide near Fort Lupton on Monday probably started when a father and his grown son began arguing over who was going to do the dishes.

Weld County Undersheriff Margie Martinez said that Brad Kramer, 53, got into an argument with his son, Steve Kramer, 21, in the home they share in the 600 block of South McKinley Street at about 5:30 p.m.

The son walked out of the kitchen and went to the basement, where he was followed by his father who had picked up a .22-caliber rifle, according to Martinez.

She said Brad Kramer fired several shots at his son, hitting him once in the leg. The father then turned the rifle on himself and shot himself in the head, Martinez said.

"Both had been drinking" before the shooting, she said.

The son was treated and released but the father's head injuries will likely be fatal, according to Martinez. He is being treated at Denver Health Medical Center.

Because of the father's condition, no charges will be filed at this time, she said.