Police: Smyrna man shot into neighbor's house after dog feud

slyttle@charlotteobserver.comMay 27, 2014 

Kenneth Lynn

— A York County man faces attempted murder charges after he allegedly fired into a neighbor’s home early Saturday in the western part of the county.

Deputies have charged Kenneth Ray Lynn, 62, with four counts of attempted murder and two counts of violation of state gun laws, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report. Investigators said they were told a feud over a dog might have led to the alleged shootings.

The incident was reported shortly after midnight Friday on Walnut Street in Smyrna. Deputies said a resident told them he was asleep and heard what he thought were five or six gunshots.

The man said he went to his den, where his daughter was unplugging a lamp. The man said he saw wood chips on the floor and realized someone had fired into his residence. Deputies found three bullet holes near the floor level in the front of the man’s mobile home, according to the report.

On Saturday morning, the victim called deputies again. He said a friend told him Lynn had talked the previous night of “settling a score” with the victim because Lynn believed someone in the victim’s residence had killed his dog, the report states.

Investigators said that when they went to Lynn’s house, the report states that he told them that he was wanted in New Jersey on a warrant that was nearly 30 years old. Deputies said they confirmed that the warrant existed.

Lynn told them he was not permitted to have firearms or ammunition and that he had removed them from his residence. But deputies wrote in their report that they found spent ammunition shells near the residence.

Deputies said they were able to link shells found inside Lynn’s truck to the shots fired into the victim’s residence.

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