An Alabama truck driver was shot this week over a parking dispute that started when he parked his truck outside his mother’s home in a residential neighborhood. The victim, 25-year-old Desmond Flanagan, was shot twice in the chest by a local resident who acted as a sort of unofficial neighborhood watch.
It appears that the victim was moving his truck from the driveway into the street in order to let his girlfriend move the garbage cans and pick up the mail. The assailant, 74-year-old Livingston Wells, pulled his vehicle behind the truck, blocking his path. There are some conflicting reports as to what happened next, but most sources are reporting that Wells opened fire on Flanagan while approaching his truck.
According to Flanagan’s girlfriend, Flanagan exited his truck, punched Wells in the face and then started running away. Wells emptied his clip at the fleeing Flanagan, but didn’t hit him again. Flanagan’s girlfriend jumped on Wells’ back, who then turned and tried to fire on her as well.
“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 in an interview with the local Fox News station, WBRC.
At that point, neighbors stepped in to help restrain Wells until the authorities arrived.
According to county police, Wells had issued complaints about the truck in the past, but there had never been any violence until this incident.
Despite the two gunshot wounds, Flanagan is in stable condition at a local hospital.
Wells was charged with two counts of attempted murder and was put under a $90,000 bond. The bond was paid and Wells was released from jail. Police say the investigation is ongoing.