LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Louisville man who was having zoning trouble over the fence around his house shot and killed a neighbor and critically injured another at a homeowners association meeting inside a church, police said Friday.
Mahmoud Yousef Hindi, 55, is scheduled to be arraigned Saturday on charges of murder, assault, and seven counts of wanton endangerment in the Thursday evening shooting.
What specifically sparked the shooting is not clear. Hindi, though, had a history of disputes with the homeowners group regarding a fence that the association said did not meet its height or design requirements and a recently installed driveway in his yard, said police Lieutenant Barry Wilkerson. Last year, Hindi sent a threatening letter about the dispute to an attorney.
The disputed fence was no longer up Friday.
‘‘We do know that is a part of it,’’ Wilkerson said. ‘‘How much, I don’t know.’’
Wilkerson would not say whether Hindi confessed after his arrest but ‘‘he did give us an account of what happened.’’
Police did not release the type of weapon used or many details of what happened at the meeting, but said Hindi was there for a short time before he started shooting. Some of the people in attendance detained him until police arrived.
David Merritt, 73, a one-time president of the homeowners association, was shot once in the head and died at the scene, said Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Jo-Ann Farmer. Farmer said the wounded man, whose identity was not immediately released, was hospitalized.
Spring Creek Homeowners Association attorney Mike Kelly said the organization brought the zoning violation charges to the city. Hindi wrote several letters to Kelly, expressing anger and contempt for the attorney.
On Aug. 25, 2011, Hindi sent Kelly a rambling letter that ranted about several neighbors in the upscale community of $300,000 homes.
In the letter, which Kelly confirmed receiving, Hindi, a doctor educated in Jordan, cited the Koran and the theory of creationism, threatened to form his own homeowners association and accused neighbors of stealing his ‘‘no trespassing signs.’’