LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – New details are coming out about a deadly shooting inside an east Louisville homeowners association meeting.
It happened Thursday night at the Springdale Community Church. One man was killed and another is clinging to life.
Mahmoud Yousef Hindi, 55, is behind bars. Louisville Metro Police say Hindi did confess to the shootings.
A man who was at the Spring Creek Homeowners Association meeting, who did not want to be identified for safety reasons, tells WAVE 3 he saw Hindi right before he walked into the church. He said he noticed Hindi paused before going in, looked up at sky, and touched his forehead. He said it appeared to be a prayer.
The Spring Creek subdivision is still in shock. "Once everybody understands what this was over, it was so unnecessary," said Jim Frazer, who lives in Spring Creek. "It's just really, really sad."
Frazer has lived there for nearly two decades and Hindi has lived across the street from him for about two years.
"Never saw any anger, never saw any issues," said Frazer. But it appeared Hindi had several issues with the Spring Creek Homeowners Association.
One was a slab of concrete on his property and the other was 6 foot privacy fence. Both violated regulations, but Hindi told neighbors it was his property and he felt he should be able to do what he wants.
"Well they have six children, I think six children, at home and they are all adults and I think they all drive," said Frazer. "The problem was he didn't have enough space."
In a letter sent to an attorney last year, Hindi wrote that his neighbors were spying and he would shoot any trespasser or even kill to protect his kids.
Thursday's homeowners meeting started at 7 p.m. right across the street from the subdivision at the Springdale Community Church.
Frazer says he looked out his window right before 7 p.m. and noticed Hindi walking. "He walked across our yard and that was very unusual," said Frazer. "He had a metal briefcase, I didn't really didn't put two and two together, but I knew there was a meeting tonight."
Little did he know what was about to happen. "I looked at his face and he was very calm," said Frazer.
A man who was inside the meeting and witnessed everything tells WAVE 3, the board wasn't even discussing Hindi's property when he stood up and shot board president 73-year-old Dave Meritt. He then shot another board member before a retired LMPD officer was able to take him down. His neighbors showed him thanks for his bravery on his mailbox.
Hindi is charged with murder, assault, and seven counts of wanton endangerment. He will appear in front of a judge for the first time Saturday morning. He is being held on a $1 million full cash bond.
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