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CHARGES: Neighbor, 61, pulls gun on father teaching girl to ride bike

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It's yet another instance of a neighbor puling a gun on a neighbor. This time, it happened in Rosemount, Minn. while a father was teaching his 7-year-old daughter how to ride a bicycle.

Gary Drake, 61, is facing second-degree assault and terroristic threat charges after he was accused of brandishing a shotgun on Daytona Way last week.

It's an idyllic street, but neighbors there like to talk. When Jeanne Helgeson heard rumors that a well-known neighbor had threatened someone with a gun, she didn't believe it -- until her next-door neighbor confirmed the details, that is.

"I've never seen a gun come out of that house ever," Helgeson said.

Allison Nelson saw the arrest.

"We look over and he's in handcuffs," she recalled. "He's walking to the cop car."

According to the criminal complaint, Drake didn't like the way the father was teaching his daughter to ride a bicycle.

"I guess Gary came out and was trying to give tips," Helgeson said.

The father told Fox 9 News he's still shaken by the encounter. He explained that when he and his daughter got down to the cul de sac, Drake began yelling from his porch. When the father responded to say, "I've got it," Drake allegedly said, "If you don't like my advice, get off the street."

At that point, Drake appeared to get angrier -- but as the father and daughter prepared to leave the area, Drake allegedly went inside his home, grabbed a Remington 870 shotgun, pointed it at the father and threatened to kill him.

Drake's wife eventually came out and pulled the gun away, but police said he didn't appear repentant when he was booked. In fact, he allegedly told officers, "Maybe next time. I should have shot him."

No one inside the Drakes' home would speak with Fox 9 News, but Helgeson said she is still wondering why her neighbor snapped.

"I'm going to ask them what happened and why, and what are you going to do that this never happens again because we need to be safe here," she said. "This is family."

Charging documents state that Drake admitted to drinking all day, but he denied that it influenced his actions.

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