33-year-old Detroit man shot by neighbor during argument over fence

Neighbor tries to apologize after shooting man building fence

DETROIT – A 33-year-old man was shot Tuesday afternoon while putting up a fence after getting into an argument with a neighbor in Southwest Detroit, according to police.

The shooting happened around 12:45 p.m. in the 1100 block of McKinstry Street.

Police said the victim was putting up a wooden fence and a neighbor told him the fence was too close to the property line.

The victim said he and his father were working on the fence when his neighbor stepped out on his porch screaming and holding a gun. Before they could figure out what the problem was, the man fired a shot, hitting the victim in his thigh.

To make matters worse, police said several children witnessed the shooting, including the victim's 3-year-old daughter, who was sitting on the front porch.

"He shot him in front of his kids and the neighbor's kids that were outside, and he didn't car," neighbor Jennifer Ronewicz said. "It was very, very scary. I feel really bad for my neighbor, and he'll be OK."

Police said the shooter offered his neighbor a wet towel and apologized after he fired, but the apology was too late. Police arrested the man without incident.

The victim is in stable condition. Family members said he is alert and they expected he will be OK.

Nobody on the block expected the fence would lead to what happened.

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