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Lt. Governor Brad Owen (pictured) said his son is expected to recover.
UPDATE: The man who shot the Lt. Governor's son has died. Details after

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Lt. Governor's Son Mark Owen Shot in Attempted Murder-Suicide

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Lt. Governor Brad Owen (pictured) said his son is expected to recover.
UPDATE: The man who shot the Lt. Governor's son has died. Details after the jump.

63-year-old Carlos Fernandez wasn't happy with how the recession was treating his business. That's apparently part of the reason police say he turned a gun on himself yesterday after having shot Mark Owen, the 37-year-old son of his best friend Lt. Governor Brad Owen, in the wrist and stomach.

Investigators say that Fernandez and Owen were arguing prior to the shooting at Kent Body & Paint. Owen had been a bookkeeper until recently when he became part-owner with Fernandez. That's when his father says things went sour.

"They've had a very difficult time both economically and personally with each other," said Lt. Gov. Owen.

The Lt. Gov's son is expected to recover. The fate of Fernandez, however, is uncertain. He remains hospitalized in critical condition with what officials are calling "life-threatening injuries."

(H/T: The Times)

UPDATE: Fernandez died yesterday afternoon at Harborview.

His victim, Owen, was released just one day earlier. The Lt. Gov., now with his son back but one of his best friend's dead, released a statement expressing regret that he couldn't have done more to prevent the shooting.

 
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