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Man Charged In Fatal Shooting During Family Dispute

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Police said a man has been charged in connection with a shooting at his home that left his girlfriend's brother dead, and her mother injured.

Martin David Duncan, 45, was charged with felony aggravated assault in connection with shooting his girlfriend's mother, 55-year-old Vicki Brown. Brown is being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for a shotgun wound to her hip/pelvis area.

Police said Duncan also admitted to firing 12-gauge shotgun that fatally wounded his girlfriend's brother, 23-year-old Travis Len Massey. Detectives continue to investigate Duncan's claim that Massey's aggression caused him to defend himself.

Police said Duncan and his girlfriend, 38-year-old Christina Sanders, had been involved in a  recent dispute with her family.

Sanders' mother and two brothers came to Duncan's home on 49th Avenue North around 5:30 p.m. Sunday to allegedly confront the couple, according to police. Sanders is believed to have tried to curb the tensions with her family after they arrived, but an argument ensued.

Police said Duncan got a shotgun, and fired more than once, striking both Massey and Brown. 

"The circumstances of what exactly happened here are still being determined. There had to be a search warrant obtained to look at the interior of the residence," said Metro Police spokesperson Don Aaron. "We're also looking at the location of shotgun shells here in the property to determine exactly what has taken place."

Duncan's bond was set at $50,000.

Affidavits show that police had been called out to Duncan's home in March 2012 after he allegedly fired several shots in his neighborhood while intoxicated. He was charged with possession of a weapon under the influence, and reckless endangerment in that case.

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