‘Drunk’ Ohio dad, 42, is arrested for firing a shotgun in the air to break up his son’s chaotic party that resulted in TWO HUNDRED teenagers breaking into his home
- Travis Turkal, 42, is charged with endangering children and using guns while drunk after firing the warning shot
- Several underage partygoers were hospitalized after the event turned violent, including a boy who was “hit in the head with a pistol”.
- The huge party of 200 teenagers gathered at his rural estate after videos circulated on social media
- No further arrests were made, but several fights are currently under investigation
An Ohio father fired his shotgun in the air when a group of two hundred teenagers turned violent at his home on Saturday night.
Travis Turkal, 42, was arrested and charged with endangering children, using guns while intoxicated and becoming threatening, reports the Kansas City Star.
The partygoers, many of whom were minors, gathered at Turkal’s estate in Rayland, 135 miles east of Columbus, for a party thrown by his own son.
But as news of the party spread across the internet like wildfire, so did the chaos in the crowd.
Travis Turkal, 42, was arrested and charged with firing the gun to disperse crowds at his home in Rayland, Ohio, on Saturday night
The party eventually turned violent, including multiple fights, after multiple videos of the event circulated on social media.
Several participants subsequently ended up in hospital, including a boy whose face and head were covered in cuts from a broken bottle, a girl who was punched in the face and another boy who was “pistol-punched in the head”.
According to the report, the teenagers said Turkal was present throughout the party.
At Turkal’s home (above) in Rayland, Ohio, on the Ohio-West Virginia border, the wild party ended in violence and at least one gunshot in the air
After the violence erupted, the property owner went into his home and returned with a shotgun before walking into the crowd and allegedly firing in the air.
Turkal claims he did not show any firearms or shoot at a gun and that the fights began “when he was trying to take people’s car keys”.
Several attacks related to the party are also being investigated and none of the reported injuries are life-threatening.
The 42-year-old posted bail and is now out with $25,000 in bail. Turkal will appear in court for the first time on August 17 in Dillonvale.