Dispute between neighbors turns deadly in Titusville



TITUSVILLE, Fla. - Police have arrested a man accused of shooting and killing one person and injuring two others in Titusville early Monday morning.

The shooting happened outside a home on Smith Drive about 12:30 a.m. When police arrived at the home, they found Gary Hembree, 39, with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Roger Picior, 44, who lived with Hembree, was also shot.  Family members said he is currently hospitalized, breathing with a respirator. 

Another man who lives next door was hit as well but is expected to survive, authorities said.

Investigators said the shooting stemmed from an ongoing feud between the suspect, 44-year-old William Woodward, and Hembree. Deputies confirmed Woodward was even arrested for attacking Hembree outside the courthouse last week.

WFTV learned that Woodward is a combat veteran who lives across the street from the victims and that the neighbors had been involved in an altercation that led to a court hearing last week, police said.

Friends of Woodward said he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and was being tormented by Hembree.

"They've harassed everybody. Just loud parties, loud music, cussing everybody. You drive by, they'd cuss you in your car," said neighbor Larry Mauldin.

However, Hembree's mother, Jeanie Huppert, said it was Woodward who was the aggressor.

"He tried to get help, and the police wouldn't help him. He went to court last week and tried to get a restraining order, and they told him no. Oh God, he's got three kids," Huppert said.

Huppert said her son had just gotten a job at the Kennedy Space Center. She told WFTV they were having a barbeque when Woodward came over and opened fire.

“He was the best father,” Huppert said. “All the kids in the neighborhood came here, all the parents trusted him."

Woodward is being held at the Titusville Police Department on a first-degree murder charge.