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Neighbor shooting suspect faces a judge

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Anthony Anamassi faces assault charges. (New Haven police photo) Anthony Anamassi faces assault charges. (New Haven police photo)
The scene on Donna Drive Sunday morning. (WFSB photo) The scene on Donna Drive Sunday morning. (WFSB photo)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

It started as a feud between two neighbors and escalated into gunfire that resulted in a 71-year-old man facing a judge on Monday.

On Monday, 23-year-old Leroy Brown continued to fight for his life after being shot by Anthony Anamassi.

Anamassi was arraigned in New Haven court. His bond remained at $250,000.

Crime tape, cruisers and plenty of officers descended onto the Quinnipiac Meadows neighborhood in New Haven on Sunday. The incident happened at an apartment complex on Donna Drive.

"My boyfriend woke me up and there were a whole bunch of cop cars and I said ‘oh, another day,'" said Melissa Basley of New Haven.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News that Brown and Anamassi had an ongoing dispute, but they never thought it would reach this point.

Anamassi told police that he acted in self-defense and claimed Brown threatened him with a knife. However, police said they weren't buying his story. He was charged with first-degree assault.

"He's nice, very nice," said Lisa Bradshaw of New Haven. "He's always out here speaking to people and cleaning up the properties. He's a real nice person."

Police took Anamassi into custody and questioned him for most of Sunday.

"I hope he gets better," Bradshaw said. "My condolences go out to his family."

Brown remained in critical condition Monday at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Police said they are continuing to investigate.

Court officials said Anamassi had a breach of peace charge against him in 1961.

They also said he's a retired Connecticut bus company worker who has a daughter.

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