A February 1 argument between neighbors over where to dump shoveled snow ended up with everyone involved dead by gunshot — with one man reportedly instigating the shooting then turning the gun on himself right as officials arrived to investigate the matter.
Jeffrey Spaide of Plains, Penn., 47, allegedly got into an argument with his neighbors who lived across the street, James and Lisa Goy, 50 and 48, respectively, who were apparently shoveling snow from their parking spaces and crossing over to dumping it on his property, according to a release from the Luzerne County District Attorney's Office which local news reported on.
Spaide, who was outside shoveling snow himself at the time the couple were engaged in the activity, reportedly asked the Goys to stop piling snow on his side of the street, but when they didn't listen to him, an argument started and escalated quickly. James Goy reportedly threw an object he was using to clear snow at Spaide, as well as made obscene gestures at him.
Spaide responded to this by retreating into his house, while the three continued to hurl verbal insults at each other. He then reportedly came back out with a handgun, and shot the couple at close range. He then went back into the house and was said to re-emerge with an AR-style rifle, finishing off the job and killing the pair.
Spaide then was spotted by a witness pacing inside his house in front of a window, and, when police arrived at the scene, gunfire was heard and he was found dead as well.
The shooter had no prior record with police, but reports state he'd tangled with his neighbors over similar snow shoveling issues previously. Two months ago they'd clashed over the same matter, but officials were not brought into the dispute at that time.
The Goys are survived by a 15-year-old autistic son, who is reportedly now in the custody of his grandparents.