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Landlord shoots, kills 2 teen tenants after dispute over parking in snow

Published: Sun, December 30, 2012 @ 4:48 p.m.

Landlord shoots, kills 2 teen tenants after dispute over parking in snow

Associated Press


A 74-year-old Maine man was charged in the shooting deaths of two tenants inside an apartment he rented out at his home, possibly over a dispute about where they parked their cars during a snowstorm, state police said Sunday.

James Pak was arrested at about 10 p.m. Saturday following a standoff at his suburban neighborhood home in Biddeford, about 15 miles south of Portland, police said. He is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Derrick Thompson, 19, and Thompson’s girlfriend, 18-year-old Alivia Welch.

Thompson’s mother, Susan Johnson, 44, called police to report the shootings at about 7 p.m. She and her 6-year-old son also live in the apartment, which is attached to the main house where Pak lived.

Before the shootings, Biddeford police were called to Pak’s home regarding a dispute between Pak and his tenants over their cars being parked in his driveway during the snowstorm, said state police spokesman Steve McCausland. Biddeford banned street parking during the night so city crews could plow the streets.

Minutes after officers left the home, they received the call reporting the shootings. Upon their return, Biddeford police rescued Johnson and her young son, and Pak retreated to his part of the house, where he lived with his wife, McCausland said.


1DwightK(1535 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Okay, NRA, tell us how to prevent this kind of situation from occurring. This 74 year old used a gun, not a knife or a bomb, to resolve his problem.

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2papa1(711 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

guns don't kill people, crazy people kill people. the insanity continues. save the taxpayer some money and just hang this idiot.

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3DSquared(1778 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

tell me how a law on high capacity magazines would have worked?

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4bmanresident(607 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

a couple weeks ago a crazy man drove a semi through a strip club. Should we ban semitrucks?

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5AnotherAverageCitizen(1193 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Nice way to settle a dispute. If you park in the driveway, "he will shoot you". Darn good thing he has a RIGHT to his weapons. Go ahead NRA, support this man and all his court costs.

The NRA will now want all teachers, firemen, and renters to carry guns. Oh we must also have all movie theater workers carry guns.

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6LtMacGowan(713 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

People kill People. Unfortunately People are not just good or bad. People have moods they have events that happen to them. One man who may be the picture of stability finds out say his wife has been murdered or something like that can snap and go on a rampage.

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7VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

People kill people. People drink and drive. People smoke cigarettes. People text while driving. People buy their kids violent video games.

Why don't we ban alcohol? Tried it...did not work. Ban cigs...tried it. They still smoke. Ban texting while driving...not working. Ban violent video games and movies....what you crazy? what are our kids going to do? Some of the worse anti-gun people are the same folks who make and act in the violent movies filled with guns and killings.

We are looking to create a perfect society with no violence but that will never happen. Its only getting worse. Is that the fault of the NRA? We are too lenient as a society with our children, our criminals and our laws, yet we want to blame the NRA for our faults. We have become such a messed up society. The NRA has been around for well over one hundred years, yet recent tragic events brought about by poor social policies has focused blame against the NRA.

If we really want to improve society we have to begin looking at our failures... the way people live, how they behave, how we raise our children and how we punish those who commit crimes against us.

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