HOA shooting suspect reveals details in newly released police tapes


by WHAS11


Posted on October 18, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 18 at 9:15 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- For the first time since that shooting at a homeowner's association meeting in September, we are hearing from the man who allegedly pulled the trigger, 55-year-old Mahmoud Yousef Hindi. 

In the police interviews taken just hours after the shootings. Hindi calmly says he had to kill the two men.

"I said to myself if things did not go peacefully I had to honestly to kill them so I took my gun," said Hindi.
In a more than two hour interview with police, Hindi describes the frustration he felt over a homeowners association dispute and how it drove him to kill two men, David Merritt, 73, and Marvin Fischer, 69.

"I killed them, I had to kill them, " said Hindi.
Hindi tells police he tried to meet with the men days prior to the meeting but it just didn't work out. He says he came to the homeowners association meeting on September 6 with a revolver hidden in a bag with 6 bullets. When he felt ignored, he reached for the gun
"I pulled the gun actually from the bag and stood up abruptly. Can you show me? And I stood up shot Mr Merritt that way," said Hindi.
Then he took aim at Mr Fischer.
"I didn't imagine myself I could even do that. What happened? I immediately turned  to Mr. Fishcer and shot him also, " said Hindi.
Hindi explained he then dropped his weapon. He explained that he suffered from years of depression only made worse by an ongoing dispute with the HOA over a fence and driveway on his property. He says the stress pushed him over the edge.
"I felt I failed to protect my family, my kids, especially my kids," said Hindi.
Hindi is being held without bond, he has pleaded not guilty. His next court date is Monday