CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) --- A Cedar Rapids man accused of trying to kill his neighbors snapped after enduring years of property damage, racial slurs and hatred, his family said.
Joseph Pham, 42, a Vietnamese immigrant, allegedly shot Brian Wilson and fired at two others, Wilson's daughter, Jayden Wilson, and Tracy Moses, on Saturday. Brian Wilson was hit three times, police said. The others were not injured.
Police Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said Wilson, 39, was in the hospital on Monday, but she didn't know his condition. Sarah Corizzo, spokeswoman for St. Luke's Hospital, said Tuesday that no information on Wilson was available.
Pham remained in the Linn County jail on Tuesday. His attorney, Mathew Reilly, didn't return a telephone call by Tuesday afternoon.
Police said the shooting stemmed from a disagreement between the two men. Pham's family said it started years earlier, citing police reports, a restraining order and even a lawsuit as evidence of years of harassment from neighbors, including Wilson and Moses.
"It's hatred. They absolutely hate other people," Pham's daughter, Kathie Pham, told KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids.
She said the neighbors told them to go back to Vietnam because they weren't wanted in America.
Joseph Pham's niece, Erika Springer, said she also witnessed such treatment.
"When they (Brian Wilson and Moses) would have family over or friends, they would also harass my aunt and uncle," Springer said.
She said the neighbors said, "We don't want you here. You're not welcome here. Go back to where you came from."
Wilson's mother, Joane Wilson, told KGAN-TV in Cedar Rapids that her son couldn't have been the one to blame for years of trouble. She said he moved into the house about one year ago. She declined further comment.
Pham filed a lawsuit in 2010 against Jamie Moses, Tracy Moses' ex-husband. Pham claimed, among other things, that Moses had broken two windows of the Phams' home, driven his vehicle in their yard, fired a shotgun over their property and thrown feces at Kathie Pham. The lawsuit seeks damages including for emotional distress, pain and suffering, property damage, punitive damages and court costs.
Kathie Pham said criminal charges were filed after a window was shot out during a sleepover.
"I got cuts and stuff and (a friend) got bruises on her leg," she said.
In October 2010, according to court records, Jamie Moses pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal mischief for breaking the window. He was ordered to pay a $100 fine for the simple misdemeanor.
The judge also filed a no-contact order between Jamie Moses and the Pham family, according to court records. But when Jamie Moses moved out and Brian Wilson moved in, Springer said, the harassment continued.
Springer said Saturday's incident began when Pham was working outside and Brian Wilson came up to the fence and started making racial slurs. He told Pham to come outside and fight him, she said, and then he went to the front door and started banging on it.
"I guess it escalated from there," Springer said.
After the shooting, Pham went inside his house and called his lawyer. Springer said Pham then came outside and was arrested.