Neighbors: Noise Dispute Led To Murder-Suicide, Fire At Harlem Brownstone

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October 19, 2019 - 12:31 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A long-simmering dispute over noise in a Harlem brownstone led to the death of a couple and a man in a murder-suicide on Friday, neighbors said.

Deputy police Chief Martine Materasso said officers arrived at the brownstone on West 131st to find a barricaded neighbor yelling at them to “come and get it.”

The dead couple, Hampton Smith and Yvette Rivera, were both found shot in the head. The suspect, 59-year-old Bruce Anderson, then killed himself, police said.

“The 59-year-old suspect was involved in a dispute with a 78-year-old male victim before shooting him in the head. After shooting the first victim, the suspect then went to the second floor and shot the 62-year-old female victim,” Materasso said.

Neighbors told CBS2 that Anderson had been fighting with the dead man and his significant other for years over noise they made.

One neighbor said she couldn’t understand the noise issue.

“She was in her 60s and he was in his 70s,” one neighbor said. “So how much noise could they make?”

“It’s been going on for years,” another neighbor said. “The guy just snapped.”

Officers found Anderson dead in his apartment with what police called a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Anderson had also started a fire, police said. It was put out by the FDNY.