US university student, 19, guns down father at New York home

Charles Tan, 19, charged with murder after he allegedly shot dead his father in their New York home. -- PHOTO: MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE 
Charles Tan, 19, charged with murder after he allegedly shot dead his father in their New York home. -- PHOTO: MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE 

NEW YORK - A 19-year-old man has been charged with murder after he allegedly shot dead his father in their New York home.

After allegedly shooting his father on Monday, Charles Tan, a sophomore at Cornell University, waited for the police on the driveway with his mother, Qing Tan, 46, NBC News reported.

The police were responding to a call about a domestic incident in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford at about 6.10pm.

Police found the body of Ling "Jim" Tan in the house. He had been shot multiple times, the Monroe County sheriff's office said. A sheriff's office spokesman added that a shotgun was located in the garage the next morning.

The older Mr Tan was the president and chief executive of image sensor company Dynamax Imaging in Canandaigua, New York.

The police spokesman said officers had previously been called to the Tan residence on multiple occasions for domestic related incidents.

NBC quoted a neighbour of the Tans, Tracy Berry, saying: "Unfortunately it has been a common occurrence throughout the years. When I saw them last night, I wasn't surprised because I have seen it before. But I was very shocked and disappointed it has come to what it has."

Charles Tan has been remanded at the Monroe County Jail without bail.

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