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Charges: Man shot at neighbor, young son on tractor

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A Carver County man is charged with attempted murder after police say he admitted to shooting at his neighbors while they planted corn.

According to FOX 9, a 40-year-old man and his 11-year-old son were in a tractor on their Camden Township farm last Friday when both of the glass windows suddenly shattered.

51-year-old Kenneth Allen Walsh was arrested shortly after, KARE 11 reports, and told police he was upset with his neighbors and fired more than one shot at them from a position inside his home.

According to the Chanhassen Villager, the Sheriff's Office says "Walsh admitted he used a scoped rifle and could see the victim in the scope cross-hairs. He also acknowledged firing more than once from a position inside his residence." The neighbor suffered minor cuts to his neck from the broken glass, but his son was uninjured.

WCCO spoke with a neighbor of both the suspect and victims, Bill Dvorak, who tells the station he just "doesn't get it," and he's happy things didn't turn out the way they could have.

Walsh has been charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder.

KSTP reports he's in Carver County Jail, being held on $1 million bail. He's expected in court Friday at 8:30 a.m.

A Fatal Neighbor Feud

A long-simmering dispute between New Brighton neighbors turned deadly earlier this month.

Neal Zumberge is charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. He's accused of shooting and killing his neighbor and injuring his neighbor’s girlfriend, whom he's had a “tumultuous relationship” with for 15 years, the complaint says. The ongoing feud between the two men was over feeding deer, reports say.

Todd G. Stevens was fatally shot in his front yard; his girlfriend, Jennifer Damerow-Cleven, was injured in the attack.

“This place is not my home any more. It’s a death house,” Damerow-Cleven told a group of reporters gathered in the front of her New Brighton home two days later. “I don’t know what I’m going to do. I have nowhere to go. My life has been uprooted so bad.”

The complaint says that on April 29 Neal Zumberge’s son, Jacob Zumberge (pictured to the right), had threatened to burn down Stevens’ house because he claimed the couple caused his father to get Lyme disease, which is caused by deer-borne ticks, because they feed the deer in their yard.

Jacob Zumberge was wanted by Spring Lake Park police for making the threats, and on May 5 – the day of the fatal shooting – when Damerow-Cleven saw Jacob Zumberge at a local restaurant, she called police and he was arrested.

A few hours later, Damerow-Cleven arrived home and was met by Neal Zumberge’s wife, Paula Anne Zumberge. She confronted Damerow-Cleven in her front yard saying, “You [expletive] [expletive], you put my son in jail,” the complaint says.

That’s when Stevens went outside. Neal Zumberge told investigators he had crawled out an egress window in his basement.

Neal Zumberge (pictured to the right) then started shooting at his neighbors with his 12-gauge, semi-automatic shotgun, the complaint says. The document says his wife was encouraging him to continue shooting at them.

Stevens was killed, and Damerow-Cleven, who was shot twice, went in her home and called police. When they arrived, Damerow-Cleven said, “He shot us, I knew he was going to do this!” and she identified the shooter as Neal Zumberge, the complaint says.

Neal Zumberge admitted to shooting Stevens, but said he didn’t intend to shoot Damerow-Cleven. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner says Stevens died from shotgun wounds to his head, chest, abdomen and extremities, the complaint says.

Neal Zumberge is charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder; he's due in court June 4, and is currently jailed in lieu of $1.5 million bail. Paula Zumberge was charged with the same counts. Each face up to 60 years in prison on both charges.

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