A 74-year-old man is accused of shooting a 25-year-old man over an argument about parking his semi-trailer in the neighborhood, according to Tuscaloosa police.
Livingston Wells was charged with attempted murder for firing shots at the victim and pointing a gun at his girlfriend. The shooting happened around 4 p.m. Sunday in the 4100 block of 19th Place.
"It appears the two men were in a dispute over how the victim was parking his truck," Sgt. Dale Phillips with the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit said in a release.
The shooting victim, Desmond Flanagan, is a truck driver and often parks his semi-trailer in the yard or driveway of his mother's home on 19th Place.
On Sunday afternoon, authorities say Flanagan had moved the truck into the street just long enough for his girlfriend could move the garbage cans and get the mail.
Flanagan's girlfriend, 26-year-old Latoyia Page, said Wells blocked them in with his car as she was trying to get to the garbage cans. Witnesses told police that Wells shot Flanagan as he was approaching his truck.
"Mr. Wells got his gun and he shot my boyfriend two times in the stomach. Then my boyfriend punches him in face and Mr. Wells gets out of his truck and starts shooting at my boyfriend," Page said.
Police said as Flanagan moved away, Wells continued to fire shots at him and then pointed the gun at Page.
"I jumped on his back to stop him from shooting at my boyfriend. He turns the gun on me and he tries to shoot me, but by then the clip was empty," she said.
The gun dropped to the ground and neighbors helped restrain Wells until police arrived.
Officers took Wells into custody at the scene and confiscated his weapon. Investigators say Wells called policed several times to complain about Flanagan's parking before.
"Mr. Wells kind of takes it upon himself to try to keep the neighborhood in an order manner, something similar to a neighborhood watch," Sgt. Dale Phillips with Tuscaloosa Police said.
Wells was charged with two counts of attempted murder and was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $90,000 bond.
Page said she never thought a disagreement over where her boyfriend parked his truck would turn violent.
"I feel like he was being such a hero trying to defend me after he had already been shot," she said.
Flanagan is in stable condition at DCH. Police say the investigation is still ongoing.
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