December 18, 2014

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Three dead in fireworks dispute

Police: Firefighter shoots neighbors during late-night Fourth of July party

CLEVELAND — A man apparently angry that neighbors were shooting off fireworks after midnight shot three people to death early Thursday and wounded two others, police said.
Terrance Hough Jr., an off-duty firefighter, opened fire on his neighbor’s home, killing two men and a woman in the driveway, police spokesman Lt. Thomas Stacho said. The people killed were all in their early to mid 20s.
The neighbors were throwing a Fourth of July party. “There was a loud party going on,” Stacho said at a news conference. “Whether that had to do with shooting I don’t know.”
Officers at the scene said there was a dispute over fireworks, Stacho said earlier.
Police have received a number of complaints in recent years about loud parties, fireworks and street racing for the house where the party was, he said. Some complaint calls came from Hough’s address. No one called police about the party at the home on Wednesday night.
Hough, 35, was taken into custody in the shootings that occurred about 12:10 a.m. in a residential neighborhood south of downtown, Stacho said.
He had not been charged because police were still gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses, Stacho said. There was no phone listing for Hough’s address.
An off-duty police officer who lives nearby heard the shooting and followed Hough into his house and made the arrest, Stacho said. The officer, who knew Hough by name, held him at gunpoint until other officers arrived, Stacho said.
A handgun believed to be the murder weapon was among seven handguns and five long guns confiscated from Hough’s home, he said.
The victims were identified as Jacob Feichtner, 24, who lived at the house where the party was taking place, Katherine M. Rosby, 26, of Lakewood, and Bruce R. Anderson, 30, of Parma.
A man who answered the phone at the Feichtner home said he did not want to talk.
His brother, John Feichtner, told The Plain Dealer that he and friends inside the house heard pops that didn’t sound like fireworks. Another friend then came inside with a bloody arm, Feichtner said.
A man shot in the elbow and a woman with a finger wound were treated for minor injuries, Stacho said.
The neighborhood of neat ranch homes overlooking the industrial Cuyahoga River valley is popular among firefighters and police who are required to live in the city.
Hough has been a firefighter since 1995. He has not had any discipline problems on the job, Stacho said.