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Neighborhood feud turned deadly, New Brighton police say

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NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. -- A New Brighton man allegedly shot two of his neighbors — killing one of them — as an ongoing dispute about feeding deer turned deadly Monday evening, authorities said.

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Neal Zumberge, 57, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in the shooting, which broke out about 8:30 p.m. on the 2500 block of Knollwood Drive, police said.

Police were called about 8:30 p.m. on a report that two people had been shot by a neighbor. Upon arrival, officers found a man fatally shot and a woman injured by gunfire.

New Brighton Police Chief Bob Jacobson said victims are a couple in their 40s who lived across the street from Zumberge.

The man, identified by neighbors as Todd Stevens, died at the scene.

The woman was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center where she was being treated for injuries that weren't life-threatening.

Jacobson said there was a history of feuding between the neighbors in the northern Twin Cities suburb. The victims fed deer in their yard, and Zumberge reportedly didn't like it, the police chief said.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press is a media partner of Forum News Service.

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