Feud between neighbors ends in murder

NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. -- Only a street and a couple of front lawns separated warring neighbors in New Brighton.

"It's been an ongoing feud between the two and they live directly across the street from each other so I figured something eventually was going to happen," neighbor Matt Williams said of the feud that ended with a murder and an arrest last night.

The 57-year-old man accused of killing one person and injuring another had been upset in the past over the fact that his neighbors were feeding deer via feeders in their front yard, according to both police and neighbors.

"A significant amount of tension between these two neighbors did center around the feeding of deer in the neighborhood," New Brighton Police Chief Bob Jacobson confirmed.

But what set off the alleged shooter on Monday night isn't clear.

Police just say he opened fire on the couple in their late 40s at around 8:30 p.m.

Friends of the couple say the man knew something was happening moments before when his girlfriend was outside in the driveway.

"He was just going to tell her to go in the house or something and get away from him and then they heard a gunshot and (he) said, 'I think I've been shot and then he just fell over,'" the friend said.

The man died and the woman was hit in the stomach friends said. She was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.

An hour later the alleged shooter turned himself in to police.

On Tuesday, the son of that man decided he had something he wanted to share about the couple his father is accused of shooting.

"They just didn't know when to stop and they fed the fire all day long … It sucks that my dad had to do something like this, you know," Nick Zumberge said.

In 2013, the female shooting victim had an order for protection granted against this alleged shooter. According to police that order was still active.

The suspect violated that order once before, just five months after it was granted.


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