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UPDATE: Canyon Country man shot dead today

Adds identity of victim

Posted: September 24, 2011 10:18 a.m.
Updated: September 24, 2011 10:18 a.m.
 

A long-festering feud between two neighbors in Canyon Country culminated Saturday in the shooting death of one and the felony arrest of the other.


Dead is Anthony Davis, 51, who lived at the end of Calypso Lane at the foot of a steep hill.

His next-door neighbor, Lennie Tracey, also 51, was arrested within a half-hour of the shooting and booked on a felony charge. Bail was set at $1 million, according to booking information released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

About 3 a.m. Saturday, Davis went next door to Tracey’s house in the 27900 block of Calypso Lane to complain about an ongoing dispute between the two, said Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Guillermina Saldana.

The two argued and the victim was shot in the upper torso and killed, Saldana said.

Witnesses said a neighbor with medical training tried to save Davis with CPR. Paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to the shooting about 3 a.m.


The gunshot victim was found on the ground outside a Calypso Lane home, said Fire Department spokesman Art Marrujo. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Saldana said.


“The death is being investigated as a homicide,” said county Coroner’s spokesman Larry Dietz.

By noon, the Coroner’s Office had identified Davis as the shooting victim.

At 2:25 p.m., detectives with the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau booked Tracey. The investigation is ongoing.

Street argument
Some Calypso Lane residents told The Signal that Tracey and Davis were seen arguing as early as 6 p.m. Friday. Some said the argument started earlier.


In fact, the two had feuded for about five years.

The latest dispute started Friday afternoon, said Mark Hooper, who owns a house across the street from Tracey and Davis.

“The guy was who was the victim sped off in his truck,” he said.

Hooper said the argument resumed late Friday night.

He and other residents say they heard tires screeching from cars darting up the cul-de-sac.

Hooper said the latest dispute between the two was over Tracey installing floodlights pointed at the back of the Davis home.

“The floodlights shone into his master bedroom,” said Hooper, who is taking care of Tracey’s dog. “And last night, apparently, they had words over that. One said ‘Turn the lights the other way’ and the other said, ‘Put a blanket up.’”

Five-year feud
A little more than a year ago, Tracey built a 6-foot-tall wooden fence between his house and his neighbor’s, Calypso residents said.

The one-time graphic designer was known to his neighbors as having lodged complaints over city ordinances regarding how his neighbors were handling their trash cans.

The Signal interviewed two Calypso Lane residents who received formal complaints issued by the city and initiated by Tracey.

Tracey, in turn, received notices of his own.

In a warning notice issued to his wife, Sandra, dated July 30, 2010, Santa Clarita ordered the couple to remove “numerous, various-sized rocks ... cemented into the public parkway” between the Tracey and Davis homes.

Prior to the notice, Tracey claimed Davis was throwing twisted pieces of metal into his yard.

The Tracey/Davis feud was well-known to those who live on Calypso Lane.

Max and Nina Taufighi live across the street from both men and say the feud has been going on for five or six years.
“I never thought it would end like this,” Max Taufighi said. “We didn’t know it would bring it to a situation like this.”

“We knew that they didn’t like each other — OK, they don’t — but they don’t have to kill each other,” Max Taufighi said.


“Several times they called the police,” Taufighi said. “The police car was always here at the house. So everybody was used to it.”

One of those police visits occurred Aug. 19, 2008, when sheriff’s deputies charged Davis with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of battery for allegedly hitting his own wife with his car.

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