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Hinesburg dad accused of shooting daughter

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Kenneth Clark Kenneth Clark
BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Kenneth Clark's attorney comforted him as the 71-year-old faced charges he attacked two of his daughters. He entered not guilty pleas on both counts.

The confrontations happened Thursday night when police say arguments with each got out of control at the family's home in Hinesburg.

"You're shooting your own family member here, so this is a case that we need to take seriously," Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan said.

Investigators say Clark shot his daughter Dawn Hall after arguing over how her teenage daughter was behaving.

"One shot was fired, struck the victim in the hand, and the bullet passed through the hand and entered the chest," Donovan said.

She is recovering. Police also say in a separate incident the same night, Clark punched another daughter, Michelle Harrison, and held a gun to her side.

"I'm kind of shocked," said Trevor Mobbs of Hinesburg. "I would never think something like this would happen in Hinesburg."

The allegations stunned neighbors along the Richmond Road where Kenneth Clark and his wife, Bonnie, have lived for decades. Hinesburg police say there has been no sign of trouble at the home. And neighbors who spoke off camera described the family as kind, caring and quiet.

"Any time you have anybody pulling a gun particularly on a family member over disciplining a young teenager, obviously something is amiss here," Donovan said.

Judge James Crucitti ordered a mental evaluation for Kenneth Clark and ruled that he be held without bail.

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