Police release interviews from those inside deadly HOA shooting


by Brittany Gonzalez


Posted on October 30, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 31 at 5:26 AM

(WHAS11) -- We are now hearing from those inside the homeowners association meeting where two men were shot and killed.

On Tuesday, police released the interviews they did with the neighbors who attended the meeting and witnessed the deadly shooting. 

Fifty-five-year-old Mahmoud Hindi is accused of opening fire in a Spring Creek Homeowners Association Meeting killing 73-year-old David Merritt and 69-year-old Marvin Fischer Sept. 6.

Police said witnesses told them they saw Hindi take a gun out of a bag.

“He stood up and he caught my eye, and it was just that quick. He had a gun in his left hand. He probably took a faster step, a half step forward and shot the first victim,” retired LMPD Narcotics Officer Raymond Leezer said.

Leezer’s wife, Sally, told investigators Hindi appeared calm and was smiling before shots were fired.

“I remember getting pushed down and Mr. Hindi’s hand out with a gun. I remember getting pushed out and people running,” Sally said.

According to witnesses, the September meeting had been going on for about 20 minutes when Hindi opened fire. Merritt was shot first and then Fisher was shot.

“[I] looked down and there was Marvin, and he was on his side, and he was breathing. He was shot in the head, and there was stuff on the floor,” Sally said.

After shots were fired Ray Leezer and board member Horacio Urieta both described jumping over a table to subdue Hindi.

“I remember him saying, ‘I only have two bullets. Don’t worry about it,’ and then he didn’t want us to hold him. He said, ‘I’m not going to go anywhere. Don’t worry about it. I will stay here. Call the police,’’ Urieta said.

Hindi confessed to killing Merritt and Fisher to police. He is being held without bond at Metro Corrections.