A city man was arrested today on charges he shot his son during an argument over a cell phone.
Kenneth Tonic, 49, was taken into custody on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
According to Newark police documents, Tonic’s 27-year-old son was talking with another man in the area of 1060 Broad Street on March 16 when he saw his father behind the wheel of a Nissan Maxima.
Tonic’s son claimed that his father had recently stolen his cell phone, and the two argued.
Tonic began brandishing a revolver, according to police records, and eventually fired at his son, striking him in the right side of his chest. He then fled east on Pennington Street while his son collapsed on the sidewalk.
The son was taken to University Hospital, and he managed to survive his wounds.
Tonic remains held at the Essex County jail on $75,000 bond.