A Texas man allegedly shot and killed a couple in a neighboring apartment because he was angry that they dumped dog droppings outside his home.
The Dallas Morning Newsreports that 75-year-old Chung Kim allegedly shot and killed Michelle Jackson and Jamie Stafford, both 31, at Sable Ridge apartments on Abrams Road in northeastern Dallas on Monday. Jackson, the mother of five children, was engaged to be married to Stafford.
The couple lived upstairs from Kim for about two years. Tensions between the neighbors grew after the couple brought home a dog about nine months ago, neighbors said. Kim was furious that the dog, named Selena, was urinating on the couple's balcony and that they had allegedly dumped dog feces onto his balcony.
Kim, who lives with his wife, had also reportedly complained about noise from the dog and from the children living in the couple's apartment.
According to police, at around 8:00 a.m. on Monday, Kim and Jackson got into an argument about the dog. Jackson was standing on her balcony when Kim allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot the woman multiple times before going upstairs and entering her apartment. There, he allegedly shot Stafford, who was trying to escape by climbing over a patio railing. After Stafford fell to the ground, Kim allegedly went downstairs and shot him again.
According to witnesses, Kim fired eight shots. Both of his alleged victims were shot in the head.
Police say Kim fled in his car and was arrested at a nearby intersection.
NBC 5 reports that a 1-month-old baby, the couple's first together, was found unharmed inside the apartment where the fatal shooting occurred. Four other children were at school at the time of the incident.
"When they come home today, their mother and their father is gone," neighbor Yolanda Washington told NBC 5. "They call the newborn Little Mama. Little Mama is never going to know her parents," Washington lamented.
Jackson, who volunteered for 30 hours a week with AmeriCorps Vista, a national service program that fights poverty, was described as a "happy" woman who was pursuing a degree in education.
"She was really happy she was going back to school," local AmeriCorps director Keven Vicknair told the Morning News. "It's insane that this happened to her when everything was looking up. She was great."
The mother of five also served at the Dallas Community Lighthouse, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving childhood education.
Jackson and Stafford now rank among the nearly 1,300 people shot to death in the United States since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut in December.