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Two grown men were fighting over loud music. Then, one’s mama came out with a shotgun.

Rodney Askins, current mugshot
Rodney Askins, current mugshot

A Boynton Beach man has been charged with shooting a neighbor, but not with the silver revolver Rodney Askins pulled on Brandon Rahming.

Askins’ mother carried a shotgun out of the apartment after Rahming pinned Askins, police say.

So, Rodney Askins, 43, sits in Palm Beach County Jail with $100,000 bond after being booked Tuesday on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon. He has been on probation since 2013 after robbery and aggravated assault charges.

The neighbor-vs.-neighbor episode began the night of Jan. 12. Around 10 that Friday night, Rahming told Boynton Beach police, Askins came to his upstairs apartment at 404 NE 10th Ave. to complain about the volume of Rahming’s music.

Rahming, 36, said he kept asking Askins to go back to his apartment because he appeared drunk. He followed Askins down to his apartment.

He told police he had headed back upstairs to the hallway outside his apartment when Askins emerged with a silver-colored revolver. Rahming described Askins, six-foot-two and 210 pounds, coming upstairs to get in his face while displaying the gun down near his pocket.

At the implied threat, the six-foot-four Rahming said he grabbed the pistol. That starting a scuffle that produced two shots, but no injuries.

The two shots left the pistol empty. After squeezing the trigger of the bullet-less gun, Rahming threw the pistol down and the men’s wrestling threw them down the stairs.

Rahming got Askins pinned when Mae Ruth Wright marched out of Askins’ apartment with a shotgun pointed at Rahming. She wanted her son released.

Rahming said he got up and started walking away.

Askins took the shotgun from Wright, police say. As Rahming ran around the building and onto Martin Luther King Boulevard, he heard Askins fire the gun several times.

He raced to his sister’s place, where he called police. Police noted Rahming’s wounds to the back and neck were “consistent with that of bird shot or a smaller caliber round.”

Police found five spent 20-gauge shotgun shells on the side of the building around which Rahming ran.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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