Two tenants fatally shot in parking, snow-shoveling disputes

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Biddeford, ME, United States (4E) – A 74-year-old landlord from Biddeford, Maine has been arrested and accused of murdering two teenage tenants Saturday after an argument.

According to authorities, James Pak entered the apartment at Sokokis Road that was attached to his house and threatened to shoot them before he started firing and killed 19-year-old Derrick Thompson, and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Alivia Welch.

Thompson’s mother, 44-year-old Susan Johnson, survived by hiding behind a Christmas tree and playing dead after she was shot twice.

Her six-year-old son, Brayden, stayed in the bedroom during the incident and was not hurt.

Reports stated police responded to a call from the home after Thompson claimed Pak was banging on windows, but they left when the teenager said he did not feel threatened. A short time later, Johnson called about the shootings.

Police revealed the fight started over late rent, shoveling snow and parking cars in the driveway.

Pak, who faces two counts of murder, is being held without bail when he refused to enter a plea during a court appearance on Monday.

Thompson’s family has been living in the house since October, Welch had been staying there for a month, said police.

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