Father accused in fatal shooting, wounding loved his children, son says
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jason Pittman said his father, Roy, loved the two kids that police say he shot on Friday.
"This just isn't his character, he loved those kids just like he did the rest of us," Jason Pittman, 39, of St. Albans said Sunday afternoon.
Police say Roy Roger Pittman, 69, killed his 15-year-old adopted stepdaughter Brittany with a shotgun blast to the chest and shot his 18-year-old adopted stepson Matthew in the upper leg Friday evening after a family dispute at their home in Charleston.
When police arrived at the scene and ordered Pittman to put his weapon down, he turned the 12-gauge shotgun on himself and "shot himself in the face," Kanawha County Chief Deputy Mike Rutherford said.
Roy Pittman survived and is being treated at CAMC General Hospital. Matthew Pittman also survived and is at the hospital being treated for his wound.
"He's being moved to a private room, he'll be fine," Jason Pittman said about his brother. "He'll make a full recovery. He didn't shatter any bones in his leg."
Roy Pittman's wife, Brittany and Matthew's mother, made the 911 call after hearing the gunshots.
Jason Pittman said that his mother had tried to stop his father.
"She's all torn up and doesn't know what to think," he said.
According to police, Brittany Pittman was shot inside the house after a disagreement. Roy Pittman then walked next door to where Matthew was and shot him, police said.
"He then went to the back porch of his residence and, when he was ordered to put down the weapon, he shot himself in the jaw," Rutherford said on Friday.
On Sunday, Jason Pittman and other family members gathered at the house on Keystone Drive to write his sister's obituary.
She had been taking HVAC classes at Carver Career and Technical Education Center and was one of the top students in her class, her brother said.
"She was one of the few females to do that, they told her. She was great at it," he said. "I had bought an all new [HVAC] system and she was going to install it in my house."
Matthew, hoping to follow in his father's footsteps, also attends Carver, Jason Pittman said.
Roy Pittman had retired several years ago from running a plumbing company, Jason said.
"Dad was able to teach him all kinds of stuff," he said. "[Matthew] was the only one who wanted to follow in dad's footsteps. Me and my other brother had our own careers."
Brittany and her father were close, too, according to Pittman.
"They would go to the church together and volunteer to cook every Sunday," he said.
Jason Pittman said his parents had eight children -- six adopted. The eldest is the couple's only biological child and Roy Pittman had a daughter from a previous marriage, Pittman said.
Jason Pittman said no one has been allowed contact with his father since the shooting. He recalled a pretty bad fall his father had suffered on Thursday.
"I know he had fell the day before that, he's having tests run today. He fell on his face and hit the front of his head. When he woke up about an hour later he had blood all around his face," Jason Pittman said.
"We're all just shocked and still trying to comprehend what happened. We're trying to make sense of it, but, of course, there's no sense in any of it."
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