Knoxville (WVLT) - It started with words, but ended in gunfire. An argument between two Blount County neighbors leaves one man shot and the other in police custody.
Volunteer TV's Mike McCarthy takes us to Maryville for the latest.
A neighborhood argument stains Mynders Ave with blood.
"At first we thought they were both dead," neighbor Judy Morris said.
Judy Morris was in her Maryville living room when she heard the two neighbors fighting.
"And I left it alone until I saw the other gentlemen come outside on his porch with a pistol and aim it across the street," Morris said.
Then just before 4:30, police say that gentlemen fired three shots.
"When officers arrived they found two men lying in the road. One was a 43-year-old man who suffered two gunshot wounds," Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp said.
Police say the shooter was the 63-year-old man who lives across the street, but won't identify either man by name.
"They had been socializing, alcohol was involved, don't know what happened from there at this point," Crisp said.
Morris says the 43-year-old victim apologized to 63-year-old shooter because he.....
"Had apparently used foul language in front of his wife because I heard him say I didn't mean to disrespect her," Morris said.
Police won't say where the 43-year-old was shot.
"He was bleeding from the back of the head," Morris said.
Or how exactly how badly he's hurt.
"It was two gunshot wounds and anytime you suffer that it's serious in nature," Crisp said.
As investigators pack up, neighbors are ready to bind together.
"We're just so close and we watch each other. I don't worry about being down here," Morris said.
A neighborhood spirit, Morris says, she heard in three words the victim said to the shooter.
"I love you. I swear he did. I swear he was lying there bleeding and he said I love you man," Morris said.
Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp says the 43-year-old victim's at UT Medical Center. The 63-year-old shooter's at the Maryville Police station.
Crisp says he could be charged with aggravated assault.