Neighborly dispute ends with 80-year-old shot by 73-year-old in east Houston, HPD says

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- An 80-year-old man was hospitalized after being shot by his neighbor for allegedly tampering with belongings on his porch, according to the Houston Police Department.

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HPD officers arrived at the 1500 block of Damarlee Lane just after 8:30 p.m. and found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach.

According to officials, the victim and the person who fired the gun, a 73-year-old man, reportedly had a spat in early June. Police say it was due to the 80-year-old victim rummaging through the 73-year-old's property. That situation did not escalate at the time.

Police said that on Saturday, the same incident happened, but the 80-year-old somehow got underneath the shooter's carport and began going through his personal belongings.

The 73-year-old then hears something and walks outside, armed with a small pistol, police said. He then confronted the 80-year-old, who swung at him with a cane, causing the 73-year-old to open fire once, hitting the 80-year-old, HPD said.

Police said the shooter did call 911 and is cooperating with law enforcement.

The 80-year-old was transported and is expected to be OK, HPD said.

The district attorney's office will determine if charges will be filed.