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Landlord Allegedly Uses Gun With Homemade Silencer To Shoot Tenant Over Rent Dispute

Herman Levi Little allegedly shot his tenant Timothy Loving three times using homemade silencer.

By Gina Tron

And you thought your landlord was bad.

A Berkeley, California landlord allegedly used a silencer to shoot and wound a tenant after a dispute over unpaid rent.

The shooting happened Wednesday morning at the apartment of tenant Timothy Loving, 39. Herman Levi Little, 75, allegedly shot Loving twice in the chest and once in the hand, KPIX 5 in San Francisco reported.

Police said Little used a handgun with a silencer in the attack. The silencer was homemade, made from a PVC (or polyvinyl chloride) pipe, Berkeleyside reported.

Loving locked his landlord out of his home. But when Little came back with a master key, he shot at Loving again, police said.

“No one heard a gunshot because there was a silencer on the gun and no one heard an argument because there wasn’t one,” Loving’s friend Dottie Moore told KPIX 5, adding that the landlord allegedly also tried to shoot her friend in the head, but the gun jammed.

Loving fled and ran to a cannabis dispensary located across the street. Police and paramedics soon arrived at the scene. Loving survived the attack and was in stable condition by Friday, according to Berkeleyside.


Loving was unable to pay rent recently because of a recent medical emergency, according to Moore. 

“He’s been living there five years and never had a problem so we’re all just baffled as to how this could even happen,” Moore told KPIX.

Little faces charges for premeditated attempted murder and assault with a semi-automatic firearm. He’s being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday. 

[Photo: Alameda County Sheriff’s Office]

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