Follow the WDRB Newsroom, Reporters and Anchors.More >>
Tweets from the WDRB Newsroom, Reporters and Anchors.More >>
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man accused of shooting two people in a east Louisville church had been involved in a long-running dispute with a local homeowners' association, according to police.
Police say they are still poring over all the documents, but they have been able to piece together some of the background of the dispute that may have led Mahmoud Hindi to murder.
One person was killed and another critically injured in a shooting at Springdale Community Church, in the 4600 block of Springdale Road near the Summit Shopping Center. Police say Hindi shot the men during a homeowners' association meeting that was taking place inside the church.
Hindi lived in a house down the street from the church, with several members of his family. The property was apparently in the name of one of his sons, also named Mahmoud.
The argument with the neighbors began more than a year ago, when the family erected a fence at their home -- and it continued when they built a driveway.
The Metro Department of Public Works and Assets determined that both were illegally constructed and violated the city's Land Development Code.
The driveway dispute ultimately went to District Court, where a misdemeanor charge was dismissed this past June.
Police will not say what role the dispute may have played in the shooting.
"Again, I can't go into that because I'm still searching through all the documents we received through the search warrant," said Lt. Barry Wilkerson of the Louisville Metro Police Homicide Unit. "Detectives are still combing through that...to establish a timeline of what took place."
But it appears Hindi was angered by the whole affair.
In a letter to the homeowners' association attorney, Mike Kelly, dated Aug. 25, 2011, Hindi called his neighbors, "ruthless, selfish and egocentric."
He ended the letter by saying, "I have seven kids, three of which are still under age. I will never hesitate to die for them."
Kelly confirmed the existence of several letters but did not want to be interviewed.
"We're hearing the same allegations but, again, we have to go on what we received as far as fact and the documents we received. So, again, it's a process of combing through everything we have. It's going to take some time to go through a timeline of exactly what was said and how long this event was taking place," said Wilkerson.
Metro Councilman Kelly Downard, who represents this area, was also aware of the dispute, but had no comment today.