COVINGTON, La. - An estranged boyfriend from New York shot his girlfriend and her father at a Covington home Tuesday night before turning himself in to State Police, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.
Stephen Krell, 48, of New York, was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, violation of a protective order and stalking.
According to the sheriff's office, Krell, who had been ordered to stay away from the victim, drove to her home in the Covington area and laid in wait for her to return home from church.
A spokesman said that when the victim arrived home, Krell shot her in the chest and then tried to shoot himself, but the gun jammed. At that point the woman's father came out of the front door and Krell shot at him, grazing him in the head.
The victim is listed in guarded condition, while her father refused treatment for his graze wound.
The spokesman said that there is a previous history of domestic violence involving the couple and that Krell was arrested on Christmas Day 2012 for a domestic abuse battery incident following an altercation with his girlfriend while they were visiting family.
Deputies said the victim left Krell and returned home to St. Tammany and that she received threatening phone calls from him while he was in New York.
Deputies obtained a warrant for stalking and helped the victim seek a protective order. The victim obtained the protective order and Krell was located by the Ononadaga County Sheriff’s Office in New York where he was served on Feb. 26, 2013.
Krell continued to contact the victim via phone calls, Facebook, and even game apps for smart phones. Another warrant was obtained for violation of a protective order for his refusal to cease communication with the victim.
“This could easily have been a horrific tragedy with the loss of two family members. We are very grateful that, at this point, it appears the victim will survive this attack,” Sheriff Strain said. “While some domestic violence incidents are simply unpreventable, we will continue to do everything in our power to protect victims and ensure they get the help and support they need,” Strain said.