Brooklyn Man Arrested for Killing Sister, Wounding Niece, Police Say

By Aidan Gardiner and Theodore Parisienne  on February 6, 2013 8:15am

FLATBUSH — A Brooklyn man has been charged with shooting his sister to death and wounding his niece during a domestic dispute Tuesday morning, the NYPD said.

William Thurmond, 70, got into an argument with his 63-year-old sister, Carol Lovell, and his unidentified niece inside their home at 359 E. 25th St. about 10 a.m., police said.

Thurmond drew his weapon when the dispute grew heated and shot his sister in the chest and sent a bullet whizzing past his niece's head, leaving a minor graze wound, cops said.

Neighbor Yanick Puzo, 60, saw paramedics rushing Lovell to the hospital.

"She was lying down on the gurney and both her arms were limp, hanging off of the side," Puzo said. "She looked lifeless, but did not cover her face."

Both victims were taken to Kings County Hospital, where Lovell was pronounced dead, police said.

The 37-year-old niece is expected to recover from her injuries.

Thurmond was arrested at the scene and has been charged with criminally negligent homicide, assault, criminal use of a firearm, and criminal possession of a weapon, NYPD said.

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