In Brooklyn, United States, a dispute over noise escalated tragically, resulting in the fatal shooting of a father and son by their downstairs neighbor.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has identified the victims of the fatal shooting in Brooklyn as Bladimy Mathurin, 47, a school bus driver, and Chinwai Mode, his 27-year-old stepson.

In videos circulated on social media, an African American man dressed in all black can be seen pacing angrily outside his neighbor’s apartment, waiting for Bladimy Mathurin. Mathurin briefly emerges from the apartment without a shirt, and a woman, presumably his wife, engages in a verbal exchange with the neighbor, identified by NYPD as Jason Pass, 47.

Although the video lacks audio, the woman is soon joined by Mathurin’s stepson, Chinwai Mode. Moments later, Mathurin, wielding a pair of scissors, charges towards Pass. Despite attempts by Mathurin’s wife to intervene, Pass pulls out a handgun and aims it at Mathurin. Upon spotting the gun, Mathurin waves it off and turns to walk back to his apartment.

However, Pass shoots at Mathurin, who is still alive and struggling to get up. Mode, attempting to flee, is shot multiple times and succumbs to his injuries near a staircase. The assailant then returns to Mathurin, who is still alive, and shoots him in the head.

Following the murders, Pass calmly leaves the scene. The incident occurred on Sunday night. The victim’s family has described the suspect as psychotic, noting his frequent complaints about noise even when none was present.

The NYPD said Pass had called six times since March 2022 over noise complaints which was “basically people walking”.

“Apartment upstairs did not have carpeting, so people walking back and forth generated these calls,” Joseph Kenny, chief of detectives, added.

The search is still on for the shooter.

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