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Man Fatally Shoots Friend's Dog During Fight Over Money, Police Say

By Sonja Sharp | February 4, 2014 4:13pm
 Mark McLeod, 33, was arrested on weapons charges after shooting himself in the neck during a dispute, police said.
Mark McLeod, 33, was arrested on weapons charges after shooting himself in the neck during a dispute, police said.
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CROWN HEIGHTS — A man who pulled a gun on a friend during a fight about money in Crown Heights last week wound up killing his friend's pit bull and shooting himself in the neck by accident, police said.

Mark McLeod, 33, was in his unidentified friend's basement on Union Street when the argument broke out about 8 p.m. Jan. 29, police said. McLeod whipped out a silver handgun, leading to a tussle during which the gun went off, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney's criminal complaint.

McLeod fired two more shots as his 31-year-old friend fled upstairs, where the friend's three young children were playing, police said. McLeod then blasted another two rounds at the man's pet pit bull when the dog rushed to his master's aid, according to the criminal complaint.

The dog died of apparent gunshot wounds, according to the complaint.

At some point in the melee, McLeod accidentally shot himself in the neck, police said. He was taken to Kings County Hospital and was later arrested.

McLeod was charged with attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon, child endangerment and animal cruelty, police said.

Information about his lawyer was not immediately available.

Other notable crimes from the 71st Precinct include:

► A 16-year-old boy was arrested after using a black semi-automatic gun to mug a 13-year-old boy for his Samsung Galaxy smartphone at the corner of East New York and Albany avenues about 3 p.m. on Jan. 31, police said. Police did not disclose the 16-year-old's name because of his age. 

► A knife-welding assailant robbed a home on Montgomery Street between Rogers and Nostrand avenues about 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 26, after forcing his way into the residence, police said. The terrified homeowner fled to a bathroom while the burglar ransacked the house, making off with an iPad, jewelry, a Sony camera and cash, police said.

► Burglars stole $10,000 in cash and an undisclosed amount of jewelry from a Rochester Avenue home early on the morning of Jan. 27, police said. The burglars apparently entered through an unlocked back door, police said.