One dead, another critical in shooting

Monday, October 12, 2020

One man is dead and another critically injured as the result of a shooting Sunday afternoon at a home on Lower Halls Mill Road.

Names are not being released pending notification of next of kin, Sheriff Austin Swing said Monday. Swing said the family members had not yet been notified and information was “sketchy.”

“Everyone involved is Hispanic,” Swing said.

Deputy Jared Featherstone was en route to the home to investigate a reported disturbance when he was flagged down by the surviving victim, according to Swing

The survivor, who was shot three times in the chest and once in an arm, told Featherstone a friend had been shot at the nearby Lower Halls Mill Road home. Arriving deputies found the victim dead in the front yard, Swing said.

One of the deceased man’s wounds was to the chest, according to Swing, The sheriff said he didn’t know how many more times he’d been shot or what type of weapon was used on either victim.

The survivor remained conscious before being airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville from Community High School’s football field. He was in “critical care” Monday but able to speak, Detective Lt. Scott Jones of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office said. A detective was scheduled to talk to the victim Monday morning, Swing said.

Investigators remain unsure why the shots were fired, Swing said Monday.

A suspect or suspects fled in a white Dodge pickup, Swing said. At one point shots thought to have been connected with the incident were reported to have been fired in Shelbyville but that was found to be incorrect, investigators said.

Jones, like Swing, declined to release the names of the victims Monday.

“We are still working it. We are trying to confirm a few things before any other information is released,” Jones said.