Man hospitalized after being shot by neighbor, cops say

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SANTEE, Calif. -- An apparent dispute between neighbors at a residential complex near Santana High School led Monday to a shooting that left one of the men wounded and the other in custody, authorities reported.

The gunfire at Rider Garden Apartments in the 9800 block of Shirley Gardens Drive in Santee was reported shortly before 11:30 a.m., according to sheriff's officials.

Medics took the victim, identified by neighbors as 35-year-old Chris Browning, to Sharp Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life- threatening injuries, Lt. Jim Walker said. Neighbors said Browning has a long history of breaking the law -- with the most recent incident happening two weeks ago when he was arrested.

Deputies detained the suspected assailant, identified by neighbors as 53-year-old Grady Neel, shortly after arriving at the scene of the shooting. After firing his weapon, Neel allegedly told a neighbor to call 911 and he waited for authorities to arrive, a neighbor said.

Neel was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of assault with a firearm. He was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

"Grady has let Chris live in his garage," said Nancy Lutz, a neighbor of 20 years.  “My living room window is right in front of the garage so I hear a lot of the yelling and screaming and back-and-forth sometimes.”

It was unclear what prompted the violence between the two men, who were described as neighbors, the lieutenant said.

Santana High School implemented a "secure campus" for about an hour following the shooting. An all-clear was issued around 12:30 p.m.

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