Lakeem Keon Scott went on a shooting spree just hours before Micah X. Johnson did. Was it a coincidence? Investigators have yet to discover any connection, but here are 5 things you need to know.
1. Scott, Armed With an ‘Automatic-Style Rifle’ Fired Through a Motel Window & at Cars Before a Gun Fight With Police, Investigators Say
Lakeem Scott was armed with two weapons, an “automatic-style rifle” and a pistol, and had a large amount of ammunition during the Thursday morning incident, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a press release.
Scott first fired shots through the window of the Days Inn on Volunteer Parkway, wounding the motel’s clerk, police said.
Police say random Bristol, TN shooting stretched from C to D. Scenes at A (Day's Inn) & B (O'Reilly Auto Parts). pic.twitter.com/DOEaxQgllQ
— Nate Morabito (@WJHL_Nate) July 7, 2016
Investigators said Scott then “indiscriminately fired at several vehicles driving on Volunteer Parkway.”
2. Police Say They Aren’t Prepared to Say Scott Was Only Targeting White People & Officers
Suspect among those at the hospital after he shot at random cars and police officers. pic.twitter.com/lOwAsBA2qq
— Micah Smith (@MicahWJHL) July 7, 2016
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said they first spoke to Scott on Friday.
“The work to develop a thorough understanding of his motivation for this incident remains central to the ongoing investigative work,” the TBI said.
The TBI told WJHL-TV they haven’t determined yet if Scott was only targeting white people and police officers.
“We aren’t prepared to go that far,” the TBI told the news station, adding they are “still attempting to firm up the motive.”
3. Scott Is Originally From New York & Had ‘No Adult Arrest Record’ in Tennessee
— Sydney Cameron (@SydneyWJHL) July 7, 2016
Scott has “no adult arrest record,” in Tennessee, the TBI said. It is not known if he has been arrested elsewhere.
Per TBI, Lakeem Keon Scott has "no adult arrest history in Tennessee." He's 37 years old #bristolshooting
— Nate Morabito (@WJHL_Nate) July 8, 2016
According to his Facebook page, Scott is originally from the Bronx, New York. He went to Sarah J. Hale High School in New York.
4. Rooney Was Out Delivering Newspapers When She Was Shot & Killed
Jennifer Rooney, a 44-year-old wife and mother of two, was delivering papers for the Bristol Herald-Courier when she was shot and killed in her car, the newspaper reports.
“Everything was good about Jennifer,” David Rooney, her husband, told the Herald-Courier. “She was a wonderful mother and wonderful wife. She was a big-hearted person who gave 110 percent to everyone — especially the children. Whether it was school or the martial arts they are involved in — she was always there for them.”
Her son is 12 and her daughter is 10.
5. The Gunman in Dallas Told Police Negotiators He Was ‘Upset With White People’
Several hours after police said Scott went on a rampage in Tennessee, a gunman opened fire at a Black Lives Matter march in Dallas, Texas.
The shooter, Micah Xavier Johnson, told police negotiators he was angry about two recent police killings of black people, in Minnesota and Louisiana, and was upset with white people, officials said. He said he was targeting white police officers, authorities said.