Local Attorney: New Brighton Shootings ‘Borne Out Of Emotion’

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO)Neal Zumberge, 57, is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder for the May 5 shootings of 46-year-old Todd Stevens and Jennifer Cleven, 48.

Twin Cities attorney Bruce Rivers, host of WCCO Radio’s “Open Court,” says the situation escalated after a confrontation with Zumberge’s son, 23-year-old Jacob Zumberge.

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stevens and cleven Local Attorney: New Brighton Shootings ‘Borne Out Of Emotion’

“A night or two before the shooting,” Rivers said, “the son said he was going to burn their house down, and then kill them.”

Rivers says it started as a feud over feeding the deer in the neighborhood. The younger Zumberge thought it caused his father’s Lyme’s disease.

Stevens died of a gunshot wound, and Cleven was shot twice in the stomach, but survived.

After the shooting, Paula Zumberge, 50, allegedly drove away from her home. Rivers says court documents describe the moments during the shooting.

“She’s the one who said ‘Shoot, shoot, shoot, keep shooting,'” Rivers said.

Paula Zumberge was charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

Neal Zumberge’s next court date is set for June 4 in Ramsey County Court.

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