POSTED: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 3:04pm
COVINGTON, La (WDSU) — COVINGTON, La. —An estranged boyfriend from New York shot his ex-girlfriend and her father at their Covington home, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Investigators arrested Stephen Krell, 48, of Liverpool, N.Y., on charges of attempted first-degree murder, stalking and violating a protective order.
According to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office, deputies got a call about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday from a home on Fitzsimmons Road from a woman saying her daughter and husband had been shot by Krell.
Authorities arrived at the scene and found the daughter suffering from a gunshot wound to her chest and the father with a graze wound on his head, the Sheriff’s Office said.
After the shooting, authorities said, Krell went to the nearest law enforcement office and surrendered himself.
Investigators found that Krell drove to his estranged girlfriend’s home and waited for her to return from church. After she returned home, he got out of his vehicle and shot her, then attempted to shoot himself. However, the gun malfunctioned, Krell told authorities.
While Krell was loading a new magazine, the father came out of the home and Krell shot him, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Krell was arrested on Christmas Day on charges of domestic abuse against his girlfriend. The girlfriend, whom Krell allegedly shot Tuesday night, told investigators in the past that she received harassing phone calls and an incident where Krell showed up at her home.
The victim was taken to a hospital, where she was listed in guarded condition. Sheriff Jack Strain said it appeared that the victim will survive.