One dead, two injured after neighborhood shooting

Paul Norman Jones, 80, of Wetumpka
Paul Norman Jones, 80, of Wetumpka
Frank Barrett, 85, of Wetumpka, died during a shooting, Saturday, May 2, 2009.
Frank Barrett, 85, of Wetumpka, died during a shooting, Saturday, May 2, 2009.

WETUMPKA, Ala. (WSFA) -- It's something Paula and Travis James never saw coming, especially in Wetumpka's Meadowbrook community.

An argument between Paul Norman Jones, 80, and his neighbors quickly got out of hand--reportedly due to a long standing dispute over a wooden fence.

"The fence has been here as long as we've been here, and [Jones] just bought that house 2 years ago and insisted that [his neighbor's] fence was on his property line," explained Paula James of Wetumpka.

What happened next shocked the city.

Jones reportedly opened fire on his neighbors, Gerald and Linda Ingram.  Witnesses say Frank Barrett, 85, intervened at some point during the argument.

Right after shooting the couple, Jones reportedly walked over to Barrett's home and shot him point blank in his doorway.

Travis James ran over to help.

"There wasn't much I could do, other than hold his hand and tell him to hang on, and that help was on the way.  And that he wasn't by himself," Travis explained.

"[Jones] was retreating to his residence at the time officers arrived on the scene," said Deputy Chief Anthony Crenshaw of the Wetumpka Police Department.

Barrett died soon after.  Meanwhile, authorities made their arrest and neighbors confronted the gunman.

"I said [to Paul Jones], 'Why did you shoot Mr. Barrett?' He looked at me square in the face and said, 'Because he was the nosiest S.O.B. I've ever seen,'" Paula James explained.

Jones is in the Elmore County Jail without bond.  Police are charging Jones with Capital Murder and two counts of attempted murder.