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Norwood felon arrested in accidental shooting

Riley Feller (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Riley Feller (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

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NORWOOD, OH (FOX19) - A 26-year old woman is shot-to-death in Norwood and the suspect is a name that's very familiar to police.

That's because it's the Kentucky soldier, who was convicted for beating a homeless man back in April. The shooting happened in the 4500-block of Smith Road Thursday night around 10pm.

Police said it was a tragic accident, but those people that live inside the apartment complex said it was simply terrifying.

"There was a gun shot! Please hurry!," said LaVonne Scoggins, who called 911.

"Inside or outside?," the operator asked.

"Inside!," she said. "Please hurry! Hurry! I'm scared!"

A deadly shooting in Norwood had police swarming the apartment complex.

"Officers and paramedics responded because there was apparently some yelling going on in the background," said Lieutenant Tom WIlliams with the Norwood Police Department. "They knew something was going on, when they arrived they found the woman Ms. Svajda with a gunshot wound to her chest."

Police said 26 -year old Janice Svajda of Troy, OH, died after being shot by her friend, 25-year old Riley Feller of Norwood.

"He was apparently handling or messing around with a 9-mm hand gun and it went off and shot her in her chest," Lieutenant Williams said.

"There's screaming and yelling and it sounds like a gun!," Scoggins yelled on the 911 recording.

We caught up with the woman who made that 911 call, LaVonne Scoggins. She said it was a scene of complete chaos.

"After the initial bang there was there was like, oh my God, like what I have done kind of thing. It didn't sound intentional from what I could hear. They were very panicked and very frightened. "And they didn't leave the building afterward so I think they were in shock as well," she said.

If the suspect's name, Riley Feller, sounds familiar, it is!

Feller and the victims boyfriend, Michael Hesson, are also the men charged and convicted of felonious assault in the vicious beating of a homeless man, 52 -year-old John Johnson.

Feller was a private in the U.S. army based at Fort Knox, KY, and Hesson, were out drinking back in April and apparently just wanted to beat someone up, according to Cincinnati Police.

In this shooting, Feller is now charged with reckless homicide and illegally having a weapon because he is a convicted felon.

"I feel like I'm in a dream," Scoggins said. "It doesn't feel real. When I look out the window I think that has to be someone else's place not mine."

Feller remains in the Hamilton county justice center. Feller was out of jail awaiting sentencing, which was delayed several times on that assault charge. He will be arraigned on this latest charge Saturday morning at 9. 

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