LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say the tensions leading to an East End fatal shooting had been building for months.
Police say it was a dispute over property in the Spring Creek neighborhood.
It happened on the night of Thursday, Sept. 6, during a homeowners' association meeting held at Springdale Community Church.
"It's a regular meeting that they have here," said Jason Autry, pastor of the church. "It's been a wonderful relationship."
Police say 55-year-old Mahmoud Hindi had been arguing with neighbors about a fence and driveway at his home.
Police say the meeting had been going on for a little while before Hindi pulled out his gun and shot and killed 73-year-old David Merritt and critically injured Marvin Fisher.
David Merritt's family tells us he was the President of the Homeowners Association.
Homicide detectives say Hindi has confessed to the shootings.
"We did speak to him, and he did give us...an entire account of what took place that night," said Barry Wilkerson, head of the LMPD Homicide Unit.
The church is located just down the street from Hindi's home.
Autry said the church is reeling from the shootings.
"We are devastated by what happened here last night," he said. "We are saddened by the loss...and the tragedy."
"One of my neighbors next to me that was kinda familiar with the situation said the dispute had been going on for quite some time," says neighbor Ryan Maley.
"It's just hard to believe that someone would be that upset about their fence," says Jennifer Baker, a neighbor and former board member of the Homeowners Association.
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