Cops: Shot Sportscaster Clashed With Painter

'Erratic' contractor charged with attempted murder
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2015 12:07 AM CST
Cops: Shot Sportscaster Clashed With Painter
Police examine the scene following a shooting Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in San Diego.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The San Diego sportscaster shot multiple times outside his home on Tuesday was targeted not because of his job, but because of a dispute with a contractor, police say. Authorities say suspect Mike Montana, 54, shot Kyle Kraska after a disagreement about a painting job at Kraska's home; they add the shooting isn't related to any other crimes, the AP reports. The owner of a contracting business tells the San Diego Union-Tribune that Montana had an "erratic personality" and left threatening messages mentioning a gun after Kraska refused to pay him in full for a painting job that had to be redone by somebody else.

A producer who works with Kraska at KFMB-TV News 8 tells the station Kraska hired Montana to paint the outside of his house. Kraska wasn't satisfied with his work and paid Montana for what had been done before taking him off the job, but Montana started leaving threatening notes on the sportscaster's door months later, the producer says. The station says Kraska is now in critical but stable condition after having surgery for 10 gunshot wounds. Montana, who surrendered to a SWAT team after a standoff Tuesday night, has been charged with attempted murder. (Read more sportscaster stories.)

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