A dispute over a shared laundry room at a condominium complex outside Stuart led to a man killing his 81-year-old neighbor over the weekend, according to local police officers.
Hugh Hutman, 75, bumped into his neighbor, identified by West Palm Beach ABC affiliate WPBF as 81-year-old Henry Wallace, at the community laundry on Saturday, according to a Martin County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit.
Deputies said Hootman demanded that Wallace apologize for “cursing and yelling” at his wife, Susan, for leaving the shared laundry room door open a few days earlier. The report claimed that Wallace ignored Hootman and tried to push him away.
Hootman, for his part, told detectives that it infuriated him. “I lost my temper,” he said.
According to official reports, Hootman drew his 9mm pistol, loaded a round and pointed the gun at Wallace and then fired, shooting him twice in the chest.
Detectives wrote that Wallace’s wife, identified by WPBF as Ginger Wallace, also 81, came out of their apartment and began screaming and crying.
While Ginger Wallace lay by her husband’s body, The deputy said that Hootman raised his gun again and fired two shots, killing him.
Ginger Wallace was the president of the Cedar Pointe Village Homeowners Association, the station reports.
According to the report, Hootman went upstairs to his apartment, placed the gun on a wooden stand in the living room and told his wife, “Call the police, I just shot Henry and Ginger.”
in the 911 call received by WPBFSusan Hootman explained to the dispatcher, “My husband shot our neighbors and I think he killed them.”
“The neighbor yelled at me the other day and cursed at me about the washer and dryer,” she said.
In an interview with detectives, Hootman said he has a concealed carry permit and usually keeps his gun in his pocket for safety, according to the report.
He also confirmed he never charged it, the detectives wrote. The agents said, “I’m so sorry, I wish I could take it back,” he wrote a handwritten apology. According to detectives, Hootman continually reiterated how upset he was that Henry Wallace had yelled at his wife and that he “wouldn’t apologize.”
So far, Hootman has been charged with two counts of first degree murder. His final decision is expected in the coming days.
Michigan man kills his wife, his dog and injures his daughter
In other incidents, last September, Michigan police shot an unidentified man after allegedly killing his wife, their family dog, and wounding their daughter.
Walled Lake Police responded to reports of shots fired in a residential area. When they arrived at the house in the 1200 block of Glenwood Court, The man carrying the gun reached out and began firing at the officers.
The police retaliated, in which the youth died. Officers then searched the home and found the man’s wife and the family dog, both without vital signs.
The man’s daughter was shot and was immediately taken to a local hospital Click on Detroit.
Authorities have not yet identified any of the people involved in the shooting, but They say the man appeared to have mental health issues.Outlet reported.