MILLCREEK, UT (KSI/CNN/Meredith) -- A father in Utah was nearly killed when he was shot at by a neighbor in front of his two young sons.

A home security camera captured the incident in the middle of the afternoon Sunday.

Chris Ollerton said the shooting all started from the sound of his sons' two mini motorcycles cruising up and down the neighborhood street.

Ollerton's six-year-old son was riding one with training wheels alongside his nine-year-old brother. 

Shocking video shows the gunman, identified as 61-year-old Richard Lindem, walk into the street and stop the boys. He confronts the nine-year-old, scolds him, and then smacks him in the face.

Then, Lindem walks over to the six-year-old, yells at him and hits him in the face, too.

Ollerton said he witnessed Lindem hit his sons. That's when he came running over.

"I want to beat the crap out of him. When I was heading towards him, I had full intentions of tackling the guy and smashing his head into the street," he added.

But as he went to confront the man, Lindem pulled out a gun.

Quickly, Ollerton tells his kids to run for help. His nine-year-old is seen jumping fences to get home.

Ollerton said Lindem was upset because he felt Ollerton was "destroying the neighborhood letting my kids ride their motorcycles around."

"I was just yelling 'dude it's not worth it. No one needs to die,'" said Ollerton.

Ollerton said he was trying to keep an eye on Lindem after he put the gun down, but then Lindem began to fire three shots at him.

"I was looking at him right in the eyes. He was pointed right at me when he took the shot," said Ollerton. "I'm like 'holy crap.' So I started to run backwards, but I'm trying to keep an eye on him at the same time... I'm running backwards to take cover, and he fired two more shots," said Ollerton.

Lindem later barricaded himself inside his home before being arrested by a SWAT team.

"I'm just happy my boys weren't hurt, and I'm still able to be here and be their dad," said Ollerton.

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First of all, dad shouldn't have let children that young ride motorized vehicles in a public street; probably against the law for a reason: the children's safety. Secondly, dad provoked a response, however minor it could have been. And provoked neighbor WAY overreacted which is going to cost him big time. Thank goodness it wasn't worse. It's like a traffic accident where one was speeding and the other runs a red light.


You are like 75% of the rest of the ignoramus people in this country. I'm 62 and there was no problem with making noise on our streets when I was a kid. We rode small dirt bikes where we wanted and the neighbors didn't complain about it. People didn't touch other peoples kids. And you are saying the father provoked a response? You must be a wimp and just would have went up to the guy and said, "that's ok ,you can hit my kids anytime." Now Americans are so messed up they don't want to be friends with neighbors. And they do this!

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Small children have always been targets in cases of stranger on stranger assault. Especially in crowded apartment complexes, city sidewalks and public transportation systems in America's large cities. Even in cases when suspects are identified motive or any explanation of motive is rare. Other than suspects are most always intoxicated in high traffic public spaces. But the single commonality in every one of these people is engaging in such forbidden and highly off limits behavior proves these fools are willing to taking extraordinary risk with their lives.

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