Hillsborough County, Florida

JOHN ROBINSON SHOT And Perhaps Fatally Wounded by Son-in-Law, at Gardner, Fla.




Tampa, Fla., Jan. 14, -- Incensed because his wife, from whom he had been separated six months, received a young man caller this afternoon, W. D. Moore shot and fatally wounded his father-in-law, J. R. Robinson, at the Robinson home in Gardner and was instantly killed by Robinson's son. The son, John L. Robinson is wounded but not fatally. The elder Robinson was president of the Gardner Lumber Company, one of the largest in Florida.

Moore married a daughter of Robinson about a year ago, but they separated and for the past six months Mrs. Moore has been living with her father. Robinson brought Moore home to dinner in hope of effecting a reconciliation, which seemed about to be realized, when a young man, came to call on Mrs. Moore. This aroused the anger of the husband and he began to heap insults on the family.

Robinson ordered Moore from the house, when the son-in-law fired three shots at the old man and one at the son, each taking effect. Young Robinson secured a pistol from a mantel i n the room and shot Moore, killing him instantly. The elder Robinson is not expected to live until morning. The son is not badly wounded.

The young man who was the cause of the tragedy left the house when the first shot was fired. Mr. J. R. Robinson was for a long time in the mercantile business at Lenox, leaving there to engage in the sawmill business in Florida, associated with T. E. Phillips. He was raised in Berrien county, and has four brothers, J. D., George, Hiram and Milton Robinson and two sisters, Mrs. J. W. Baker and Mrs. H. V. Cannington.

Mr. J. D. Robinson received a telegram Sunday night telling of the occurrence and left on an early train Monday Morning for Arcadia. Mr. T. E. Phillips also left for Gardner Monday night. A letter received in Tifton yesterday from Mr. J. D. Robinson said that his brother was getting along well, and that he thought there was a chance of his recover. He was shot in the stomach, in the thigh and in the region of the back. He was carried to the sanitarium at Arcadia, where an operation was performed, and it was found that there were four perforations of the intestines.

[Source: The Tifton Gazette, Jan. 19, 1912 -- Page 1; Transcribed and submitted by Sheila Pitts Massie.]


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