New Brighton's Police Chief says the victims and the alleged gunman are neighbors with a history of disagreements.
NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. - One man is dead and a woman recovering from a gunshot wound after a feud between neighbors boiled over in New Brighton late Monday.
Authorities said the incident occurred at a home in the 2500 block of Knollwood Drive around 8:30 p.m.
New Brighton Police Chief Bob Jacobson says the victims and the alleged gunman are neighbors with a history of disagreements, and that officers have been called to the homes several times. .
Jacobson says the 57-year-old suspect turned himself into police about an hour after the shooting. He is being held on possible charges of second degree murder and attempted second degree murder.
The woman is being treated for a gunshot wound at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Neighbor Matt Williams says the feud began when the male victim began feeding deer, and the alleged gunman objected. Things apparently escalated, and reportedly led to deer being shot in the victim's yard. Williams says both parties owned weapons, and calls the situation a volatile mix. "I knew that something was eventually going to happen," he told KARE 11.
Chief Jacobson confirms that his officers have been to the neighborhood a number of times, and that the most of the problems between the neighbors did involve deer feeding. He says the female shooting victim had an active restraining order out against her neighbor for harassment.
The case will likely be presented to Ramsey County Prosecutors some time Tuesday afternoon for consideration of charges. An autopsy will be performed on the shooting victim Tuesday morning.
"It makes no sense. It is truly a tragedy," Jacobson lamented.