Shootout Leaves Homeowner, Suspect Wounded


— Linda Smyth was in her Lake Village home off Mapp Road about 9 a.m. Thursday when she heard gunshots coming from her neighbors’ home.

She went outside and saw Linda Schultz Russo, 47, in the yard. She was calling 911 on her cell phone and bleeding from a neck wound.

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“Nothing like this has ever happened here,” Smyth said.

She put a towel on the wound to help stop the blood flow, and made Russo lie down to wait for paramedics. Russo was flown to the trauma center at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, where she was said to be in good condition late Thursday.

Smyth said Russo told her Christopher Bruce Reber, 23, broke into her home by firing a shotgun through the back door.

Russo grabbed her .40-caliber pistol and fired back, Smyth said, adding Russo said she thought she injured him. Read More


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