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Pinellas County neighbors hospitalized after dispute turns violent

CLEARWATER — A stretch of Macomber Avenue erupted in gunfire late Wednesday when two neighbors with a history of disagreements shot and injured each other in a dispute, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Richard "Ricky" Albert Kelly, 24, and Donald Steven Madak, 43, live across the street from each other. About 11 p.m., they started arguing, according to the Sheriff's Office. Arguing led to punching and punching escalated into gunfire, deputies said.

Kelly was shot in the left hand and foot while Madak was shot in the thigh. Both men were taken by ambulance to Bayfront Medical Center, where they were expected to live, deputies said.

Kelly was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, and Madak was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm. According to arrest reports, Madak pointed a 9mm handgun at two other people during the disturbance.

The shooting happened in front of the mens' homes, deputies said. The neighborhood is north of Sunset Point Road, west of N Betty Lane in unincorporated Pinellas County near Clearwater.

On Thursday, deputies were still trying to figure out what transpired as witnesses offered varying versions of events, deputies said.

But the Sheriff's Office said the two men have a history of discord.

"This is not the first time these two individuals have fought or argued. The difference is that this time it escalated to gunfire," said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda.

Authorities confiscated the weapons from the crime scene. Deputies say alcohol may have been a factor in the dispute.

Kelly has a lengthy criminal record, with his first arrest coming at age 9 on a charge of felony robbery, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

He was arrested four more times as a juvenile on charges of larceny and drug possession and two charges of battery on a detention officer. In 2007, he pleaded guilty to assault and sale of a counterfeit drug.

Madak does not have a criminal history in Florida, according to the FDLE.

On Thursday afternoon, Kelly was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. Madak was being held in lieu of $20,000.

Staff writers Rita Farlow and Marissa Lang contributed to this report. Rita Farlow can be reached at farlow@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4157.

Pinellas County neighbors hospitalized after dispute turns violent 08/04/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 4, 2011 7:59pm]
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