Charges: Neighbor shot mother and daughter in Minneapolis, dumped gun in trash

Police were able to find the gun just before the garbage was collected.
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The man arrested for the murder of a mother and daughter at a Minneapolis apartment complex lives across the hall from the mother, charges say.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman on Thursday announced that Richie Vessel, 46, has been charged with two counts of 2nd-degree murder in the fatal shootings of Eileen Mark, 67, and Jennifer Angerhofer, 42.

He lived in the same apartment complex as Mark at 320 2nd Ave SE. in the Saint Anthony Main neighborhood, and is accused of shooting dead both his neighbor and her daughter at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police were called to the apartment building on reports of shots fired, and arrived to find Mark dead near the door of the apartment having suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. Angerhofer was dead in the kitchen having been shot in the face.

Vessel, who lives in a 4th floor apartment opposite Mark's, was actually questioned by police that night, telling officers he hadn't heard anything related to the shooting.

But other residents said they heard male and female voices arguing and then multiple gunshots. They said they didn't see or hear anyone running down the hallway, getting into the elevator, or going down the stairs after the shots were fired.

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Neighbors also told officers that Vessel had previously shown another resident a handgun, and had threatened to kill another resident.

Vessel was arrested on Monday after officers executed a search warrant in his apartment and found a blood-like substance on the walls, front door light switch, and clothing.

An officer then searched trash bags in the dumpster, shortly before the garbage was due to be collected, and a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun fell out of a white bag.

Inside the same trash bag was a mailing and a prescription bottle with Vessel's name on it, as well as a gun magazine with a live round partially hanging out.

At this stage it's not clear what motivated the attack.

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