Man slain over shoveled parking spot

GLENOLDEN, Pa. -- Police say an argument over a freshly shoveled parking space ended when a man pulled a gun and shot his neighbor to death.

The incident occurred Wednesday morning, shortly after Gavin McCloskey had shoveled himself a spot in a parking lot behind his apartment house in the Philadelphia suburb of Glenolden.


Police said McClosky, 28, became enraged when he went to park his car and found Walt Smith, a former police officer who lived in the same building, was parked in his spot.

Police said McCloskey parked so Smith's car was blocked in and walked into his apartment. An angry Smith knocked on McCloskey's door a short time later to demand he move his car.

Glenolden Police Chief Ed Cooke said, 'McCloskey answered the door with a gun in his hand. When Smith yelled, 'What are you going to do with that gun?' McCloskey shot him.'

Cooke said the fatal shot was from an old fashioned ball and powder handgun that fires a lead ball the size of a small marble. Smith, 24, died at a nearby hospital about three hours later of a single wound to the chest.

McCloskey, who operates a paint removal business, was arrested in his apartment shortly after the shooting, charged with homicide and held without bail pending a court hearing.

Cooke said the two men had a running feud over parking at the common lot outside the large Victorian house that was converted into apartments.

Cooke said Smith resigned from the nearby Darby Borough police department about two weeks ago to pursue other interests.

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