ATMORE, Ala. — A man shot a friend when the two got into an argument over James Brown’s height, police said.

Dan Gulley Jr. was charged with assault in the shooting of David James Brooks Jr., police said.

Officers said the men were at a friend’s home on Monday when, according to witnesses, the argument over the height of “The Godfather of Soul” escalated, with Gulley shooting Brooks twice in the abdomen. Brooks went to his car, got a gun and shot at Gulley but missed, then went to the police station, officers said.

Gulley, 70, also went to the station and told police he had shot Brooks. He remained in the Escambia County Jail on Wednesday.

Police said Brooks, 62, was taken to a hospital. Information on his condition was not available.

The Press-Register of Mobile said officers did not believe alcohol was a factor in the argument.

Brown, who was known to wear lifts, died of heart failure Dec. 25 at age 73. Accounts of his height vary.

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