These people were targeted because they were white but politicians seem to gloss over that detail. No one should be shot based on their race. Let us not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character. Looks like this man forgot the words of the greatest civil rights leader.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released the name of the suspect behind Thursday morning’s series of shootings in Bristol, TN that claimed the life of an area newspaper carrier and injured three others, including a local police officer.
The TBI says 37-year-old Lakeem Keon Scott “acted alone” and was armed with at least two weapons, an “automatic-style” rifle, a pistol and a large amount of ammunition.
Investigators spoke with Scott Friday morning. Preliminary findings indicate Scott may have targeted people and officers after being troubled by recent events involving black people and law enforcement officers in other parts of the country.
The TBI says it is aware that other media outlets are reporting that white people were targeted in this shooting, but the TBI told News Channel 11 it not willing to go that far.
According to the TBI, those injured include:
- Jennifer Rooney ( A Bristol Herald Courier newspaper carrier) : Killed while driving in her vehicle on Volunteer Parkway.
- Deborah Watts: In serious, but stable, condition at BRMC (Bristol Regional Medical Center), after being shot while working at the Days Inn.
- David Whitman Davis: Received minor injuries at the scene after being injured by flying glass resulting from the gunfire.
- Officer Matthew Cousins: Sustained a superficial wound to the leg, but was treated and released from BRMC.
News Channel 11’s Justin Soto got the chance to speak with David Whitman Davis this afternoon at his home in Bluff City.
Davis was driving along Volunteer Pkwy heading home from work early Thursday morning.
Around 2:20 a.m. Thursday morning, investigators say Scott fired shots through the window of Days Inn on Volunteer Parkway, striking Roberts, a clerk at the motel.