An elderly Oregon man, James Pak, shoots 2 of his tenants dead in an apparent dispute over where their cars were parked.
Pak, 74, of Biddeford, Oregon, was arrested on Saturday night after allegedly shooting and killing Derrick Thompson, 19, and Thompson’s 18-year-old girlfriend, Alivia Welch.
Before the shooting, police had been called out to the home over a dispute between Pak and his tenants over cars being parked in the driveway during the snowstorm.
Apparently cars were not supposed to be parked on the street so that the plows could get though.
The Portland Press-Herald reported that the home has two driveways, one on either side of the house .
All of the parties involved lived in the same house, in separate living areas, along with Thompson’s mother, Susan Johnson, and her 6 year old son. Pak’s is married and his wife lives with him at their home.
Johnson was shot in the melee and her son was not injured.
Police had left after responding to the first call and only minutes later received a call about the shootings.
Pak retreated to his side of the house, after the shootings, and finally surrendered hours later, after talking with police negotiators.
James Pak owns a business called Korean Yankee, and describes himself as Dry Stone Mason and installer. He also describes himself as a “War Orphan”.
He’s been known by some in his neighborhood as having a very short temper
James Pak did not enter a plea during his brief court appearance Monday afternoon in York County Superior Court in Alfred, Maine.
He is being held without bail, according to Deputy Attorney General Bill Stokes.
Pak is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of 19-year-old Derrick Thompson and his 18-year-old girlfriend Alivia Welch.