Dickinson woman sues neighbor for allegedly allowing guests to shoot guns

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Sep. 9, 2013, 4:33pm

GALVESTON - A Dickinson woman is suing her neighbor for allegedly disturbing the peace by inviting friends over to his place to shoot weapons "during the day and a few times at night."

Robin Gaston's lawsuit, filed Sept. 3 in Galveston County Court at Law No. 2, claims that Alan Alexander's purported actions created a "private nuisance" for Gaston.

The suit explains that while the defendant himself does not participate in the supposed shootings and is away from the property most of the time, his friends shoot "at various distances, at times extending some 2,000 feet towards the very rear of the property where there are targets with an insufficient berm."

Gaston owns horses in the vicinity that "spook and head for the barn when they hear the sound of the guns," it adds.

According to the original petition, the plaintiff cannot ride her horses or walk with her granddaughter and dog "due to fear of being shot and hearing the loud noises."

"The plaintiff's home was supposed to be a quiet retirement home for her, but has now become a loud, dangerous property," the suit says.

"Even if she were to move, in good conscious, she would have to disclose the defendant's actions, and the chance of a marketable sale would diminish tremendously."

Consequently, Gaston seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

She is represented by attorney Michael L. Dahlenburg of Houston.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County Court-at-Law No. 2 Judge Barbara Roberts.

Cause No. 70,664

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