A simmering dispute between siblings turned into an attempted murder/suicideÂ when an elderly Brooklyn man shot his brother and killed himself after a fightÂ over the house they owned, sources said today.
Neighbors saw a bloodied James Athanasatos, 63, stagger into the street earlyÂ this morning after they heard yelling and arguing from a basement apartmentÂ along 43rd Street in Borough Park.
Later, when police investigated the source of the dispute, they foundÂ Athanasatos’ brother, Thomas, 73, dead from a gunshot wound that was apparentlyÂ self inflicted.
Cops said James, who was shot in the neck, was rushed to a hospital withÂ injuries that were not life-threatening. Sources said both men were shot with aÂ homemade pellet gun.
“I heard yelling last night,” said neighbor Malky Goldberg, 40. “They wereÂ yelling in Greek. then everything got quiet. Then I saw a man outside bent over.Â Blood was pouring from his back and from his head. The police came. They wereÂ talking to him. They said, `Sir, are you ok?’ Tthen they put him on aÂ stretcher.”
Neighbors said Thomas lived in the basement, but owned the house with hisÂ brother since their mother died several years ago. They rent out an upstairsÂ apartment.
“When his mom passed away, Tom took care of the house and the bills,” saidÂ neighbor Angel Roldan Jr, 54, a carpenter. “Tom didn’t want to sell the house.Â His parents bought it and he believed in keeping it. His brother wanted to sellÂ it.”
Source: The NY Post