A Louisville physician who opened fire at a homeowners association meeting, killing two members of the board of directors, was ordered held on a $1 million bail on November 17, at his arraignment. The attorney for the prosecution called him “the epitome of danger to the community.”
The doctor, 55-year-old Mahmoud Yousef Hindi, was indicted on the charges of murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and wanton endangerment, in the Thursday evening shooting at a church.
Investigators stated that Hindi had arrived at the regularly scheduled monthly homeowners meeting about thirty minutes before he pulled out a handgun and started firing. An unknown number of homeowners in attendance grappled with the shooter and held him until 911 responders arrived.
The murder victim on scene was 73-year-old David Merritt, a former association president, who was shot once in the head and died immediately, according to a deputy coroner. The second victim was board member Marvin Fisher, who was in critical condition Saturday at University of Louisville Hospital and died later.
Investigators reported that Hindi, a Jordanian-trained physician, had a history of disputes with the homeowners association which appears to have started as the result of his fence, which the association advised failed to meet design requirements in the upscale residential community of Spring Creek.
The association’s attorney said the HOA had forwarded the zoning violation charges to the attention of the city. Hindi, in turn, had responded by writing a series of angry letters to the HOA’s lawyer, expressing contempt of the community policies.
Hindi referenced his religious teachings in the Quran, the theory of creationism, and his belief that America was becoming a Communist nation. He also threatened to form his own homeowners association.
“It came to the point I was going to shoot any trespassers.” He wrote that if anyone doubted his intentions, “Try me and go ahead make my day.”
The district attorney is seeking the death penalty.
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