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Arkansas man shoots a neighbor 22 times because of a noise complaint

59-year-old Robert Penny from Arkansas was charged with first-degree homicide after he shot a fellow boarding house resident 22 times.

According to the witness, a fellow resident at the rural Mountain Home, 71-year-old Chester Raymond Hornowski, was being noisy, so Penny complained about it to a third resident (the witness), who in turn informed the owner about the complaint. A meeting was set up to settle the argument, however, as the third resident was walking towards the meeting room, he heard gunshots. He then saw Penny walking out of the room, saying, "Yeah, he's dead. You want some of this, too?"

The witness ran to another room, where he called 911. 4 more gunshots were heard as the witness was on the phone with the authorities.

When Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, Arkansas State Police troopers, Mountain Home Fire Department, two ambulances, and others arrived at the crime scene, they caught Penny trying to escape in a Ford Ranger pickup. The police fired at the escaping murderer, which caused the driver to lose control over the pickup and ram into sheriff's Chevrolet Tahoe.

Penny was transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center where he received medical treatment for his accident wounds. He was later released to the police and moved to Baxter County jail.

Penny admitted to killing Hornowski, saying that he entered the meeting room angry about the possibility of his eviction. Based on Penny's story, Hornowski punched him in the chest three times, after which Penny went to his room and came back with the pistol. Hornowski allegedly tried to hit Penny again, and that's when Penny shot the pistol 18 times, aiming at the chest, hands, and face of the victim. He then fired 4 more shots towards the dead body of the resident. 

Penny’s bond is set at $1 million. He was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault, and two counts of second-degree felony criminal mischief.


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