Ex-Boy friends Jealous Rage in Murder Suicide (New Albany, IN)

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Friends: Man killed in New Albany double shooting was victim of jealous ex

Posted: May 28, 2010 5:18 PM CDTUpdated: May 28, 2010 10:21 PM CDT


Ex-boyfriend's rage may be behind New Albany double shooting
RAW: Aerial view of double shooting in New Albany

By Connie Leonard - bio | email
Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - Two men are dead after a shooting in New Albany and people who know the victim tell us he was a person who got caught in the middle of an ex-boyfriend's rage.

The double-shooting happened around 5 p.m. May 28 in the front yard of 108 Greendale Drive. We have learned who one of the victims is, but will not use his name until it is officially released. Close friends and neighbors of the victim say one man shot the other and then turned the gun on himself.

"I heard four to six shots," said Robert Arnold, a neighbor.

Arnold is also a gun owner and knew exactly what he had heard.

"It was pop, pop, pop, pop, that quick," said Arnold of the gunfire in his neighborhood. "She was screaming and hollering for somebody to call 911."

We've learned the girl Arnold saw screaming was a friend and roommate of the man who lives at the house where the shooting happened. The two worked together at the Sports and Social Club at 4th Street Live! in Louisville.

Friends say after the young woman had some trouble with an ex-boyfriend, her friend and co-worker let her move in with him until she could find a place. Friends and neighbors say the ex-boyfriend slashed their tires and spray painted their home in recent weeks, but the trouble ended Friday on the front lawn of the home when they say the ex-boyfriend showed up and shot her friend then himself. 

"They were disputing over her and it just comes to a head," Arnold remembered.

According to Captain Keith Whitlow, the New Albany Police chief of detectives, when their officers arrived at the scene, both men were dead.

Arnold says another neighbor witnessed the murder-suicide and went to police headquarters to tell investigators what he saw.

"It's a tragedy," said Arnold said. "It really is."

Several friends of the man who was shot on his front lawn tell us he was one of the nicest people they ever met. By 10 p.m., his Facebook page was flooded with kind words for him. Many who knew him also sent e-mails to our newsroom about the man.