QUEENSBURY -- A Fort Ann man was shot and killed after he opened fire on two people at a Queensbury home Monday in violence sparked by a romantic feud, police said.
Ralph Runnalls, 67, of 225 Buttermilk Falls Road, was found dead in the kitchen of 1172 Bay Road from a shotgun blast, Warren County Sheriff Bud York said.
Authorities responding to a 2:13 p.m. 911 call also found the owner of the home, 55-year-old Paul Wells, and Jacqueline Keegan, 43, wounded from gunshots investigators believe Runnalls fired at them, York said.
Police did not detail their injuries, but Lt. Steve Stockdale said Monday evening the wounds were not life-threatening. The pair was taken to Glens Falls Hospital, and a supervisor there referred all questions back to the Sheriff’s Office.
Wells and Keegan have an 18-year-old son together who was present in the home but uninjured, York said. Keegan had previously lived at the home, but had recently been involved with Runnalls, he said. “It was a love-triangle type thing,” York said.
York said Runnalls came to the house angry Monday afternoon and did not leave when Wells and Keegan confronted him in the driveway. They told Runnalls they would call police if he didn’t leave, York said.
“That’s when Mr. Runnalls pulled out a gun and began shooting at them,” he said.
Wells and Keegan retreated into the home, York said, which is at the end of a long, wooded driveway opposite Bay Road Presbyterian Church. He said Runnalls followed Wells and Keegan inside, and at least one of them fired at Runnalls with a shotgun owned by Wells.
York said it was unclear how many shots were fired in total. He said State Police forensic investigators would be assisting the investigation.
York said while it appeared Runnalls’ death was the result of self-defense, it was too soon to say if charges would be filed in the case.
Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan said her office was involved in the investigation but declined to comment further.
The Sheriff’s Office said both Runnalls and Wells had a romantic history with Keegan, but they would not elaborate Monday.
Ed Boyce, who has known Runnalls for about 25 years, said Runnalls and Keegan were married last week in a ceremony at Runnalls’ home, where Keegan had recently moved in.
“I thought it was a good move for the two of them,” said Boyce, who lives next door. “They were totally in love.”
He said he didn’t believe Runnalls would have intentionally fired a gun at Keegan.
Tensions had built between Wells and Runnalls in recent weeks, Boyce said, including threatening phone calls.
“Ralph told me something like, ‘I’m going to keep a loaded gun,’” he said. “Ralph wouldn’t say that for nothing. Boy, oh boy. What a shock.”
He said Runnalls was a welder who retired about a year ago. Runnalls had a welding shop next to his home, and he made Boyce’s wood stove, he said.
A Warren County sheriff’s deputy was speaking with a man in Runnalls' driveway late Monday afternoon.