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Father talks about keeping son alive after Mobile shooting

Mobile, AL (WKRG) - After his son was shot at Hounds Run II Apartments on Old Pascagoula Road, Mark Finley says he did everything he could to make sure his 28-year-old son Ben Finley would survive.  

"That I might lose him, and he told me he was hurting and I told him as long as you’re hurting you’re living, keep hurting keep yelling keep breathing don’t close your eyes," said the victim's father Mark Finley.   Mark Finley says he was outside with his son when Ben Finley was shot.  Mobile Police arrested 27-year-old Trent Booker the second claiming he was the shooter. 

 

Mark Finley says his son asked for an apology from Booker after he was apparently rude to a family member recently.  Finley says Booker apologized, shot his son and drove away.  Finley says it appeared to him the action was premeditated because he had his gun and car keys in his pocket.

"I’m still kind of freaking out right now and trying to put it together in my own head, I’ve never seen anyone shot before, let alone my own child," said Mark Finley.  The victim’s father says he’s tired of seeing crimes like these happen in Mobile.  

"These kids are getting their hands on guns way too easily and this is pervasive, this is happening because the guns are so easily attainable," said Mark Finley.  Booker was arrested at a nearby gas station and according to jail records was released a few hours later Saturday.  

According to the jail log, this appears to be Booker’s first booking into Mobile Metro jail.  Another man, 27-year-old Justin McCreary was also arrested at the apartment complex.  Finley says McCreary fired several shots in an attempt to stop the first shooter from driving away.  Mobile Police arrested McCreary and charged him with firing his gun into an unoccupied building or vehicle and say it’s not clear who fired first.  Ben Finley is recovering at a local hospital and is expected to survive according to his father.  
 


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