Crime

Vancouver man shoots neighbor, then himself

The victim is recovering in the hospital

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) -- A dispute between neighbors turned deadly in Clark County Sunday afternoon.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office said the shooter, later identified as 56-year-old David Cannon, walked across the street at NE 173rd and NE 29th Street and shot his neighbor while he mowed his lawn. 

After shooting Ralph Gigantelli, Cannon went to the victim's porch and took his own life.

 

 

Gigantelli was taken to a hospital with serious injuries and is now recovering after surgery on his hand.

Another neighbor, Joshua Glaser, was on his way to get a haircut when he spotted Gigantelli bleeding and calling for help from the sidewalk. 

"I tried to help suppress his wound, put a cloth on his head, try to get him to talk to me," Glaser said. "All I could think was 'this is a huge crime scene.'" 

While Glaser helped Gigantelli, others tried to save Cannon.

"My dad and a neighbor ended up going up to the porch to pull the guy -- the shooter -- to pull him away from the gun in the chair, they pulled him away, trying to get him to stop bleeding," Glaser said. 

Officials said that the neighbor dispute had been going on for some time but did not disclose what it was about. Neighbors told KOIN 6 News the two men were good friends at one time but their relationship went bad. 

The sheriff's office said Gigantelli had a protection order against Cannon. According to documents filed in January 2018, Gigantelli told a judge Cannon tried to beat down his door and made serious threats against his family.

Gigantelli's family told KOIN 6 News he was ambushed while his back was turned. Surveillance images provided by Gigantelli's family show the incident and the victim reaching for his own concealed gun, which has has a permit to carry. 

"We're going to call it a neighbor dispute at this point in time," Sgt. Brent Waddell said. "When the victim is able to speak, I know he was able earlier to talk, they will interview him."

Waddell said Gigantelli's security cameras captured the shooting and it was collected as evidence. 

Any witnesses are asked to contact the sheriff's office at 360.397.2020. 

 

 

 

 


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