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Victim of N. 36th shooting identified, suspect charged

Lisa Rochelle Lisa Rochelle
C. J. Daniels C. J. Daniels
Lt. Todd Kessinger Lt. Todd Kessinger

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An argument over who should be living at a home has left one person dead, two others wounded and the man who pulled the trigger behind bars.

Louisville Metro Police were called to the 100 block of N. 36th Street around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. The suspect, Fred Leach, 55, turned himself in just two hours after the shooting.

The victim who was fatally shot is Leach's step-daughter, 28-year-old Michal Phelps.

Metro police have made runs to the home before. Neighbors tell WAVE 3 News they were there twice on Monday.

"I've been living on this block since I was a child," said Lisa Rochelle, a neighbor. "There are good neighbors on this block. We just wasn't expecting something like this to happen"

"I stepped outside the door to see what was going on and I was greeted with flashing lights and police tape," said C.J. Daniels, another neighbor.

Jefferson County PVA records show Leach is the homeowner. Police say Phelps was shot in the chest. Phelps's twin cousins were both hit by gunfire; one in the torso and the other in the foot.

"Two cousins were former Boys and Girls Club kids of mine," said Daniels. "I used to work with them at the Boys and Girls Club all they wanted was a good life."

According to neighbors, Leach's wife passed away a year and half ago from breast cancer. Police say there had been arguments over who should be living at the home.

"The suspect, he was stating that he was paying the bills and that it was his house he was asking for them to leave," said Lt. Todd Kessinger, commander of the LMPD homicide unit.

Outside the home on Tuesday afternoon, there were people moving things from the home, they declined to comment.

Leach's brother, Terry Leach, who lives in Florida spoke with WAVE 3 News. He said tensions had been brewing at the home for some time but, never expected it to go this far. Terry Leach said his brother was making attempts to remove the girls from the home.

The two girls that suffered gunshot wounds were college students.

Leach is charged with murder, attempted murder, assault, and tampering with physical evidence. He is being held at Louisville Metro Corrections and is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday morning.

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