Feud between neighbors turns fatal, police say

Story highlights

  • A suburban Philadelphia man is shot four times as he leaves for work
  • His step-daughter is also shot; police arrest their neighbor
  • There was an ongoing dispute over a shed, other neighbors tell news reporters
A feud between neighbors led to a shooting Monday that left a man dead and his stepdaughter critically wounded, police said.
The incident took place around 6:15 a.m. in Ridley Township, a suburb outside Philadelphia, two blocks from an elementary school closed for Columbus Day.
According to police, Jim DellaVecchia, 72, shot his neighbor, Scott Robins, 42, four times as he left his house for work Monday morning. Robins¹ step-daughter, Kristen Snow, 23, ran outside after hearing the commotion and was also shot.
Robins died from his injuries. Snow was taken to Crozer Chester Medical Center suffering from a single gunshot wound and was listed in extremely critical condition, police said.
Authorities believe an ongoing "neighborly dispute" prompted the shooting. Police had been called to both homes several times in the past few months, they said.
Neighbors say the dispute was over a shed Robins built, according to CNN affiliates KYW and WPVI.
After being taken into police custody, DellaVecchia injured himself in the jail and needed medial attention, police said.
DellaVecchia will be charged with first degree murder and attempted murder.