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Update: Man fatally shot at Hog Wild, 16-year-old charged with murder

Rain Smith • Updated Mar 2, 2018 at 4:04 PM

Update, 6:40 p.m.:

KINGSPORT — A 20-year-old Kingsport man has been killed in an early Friday morning shooting inside Hog Wild saloon, according to police, while a juvenile from Bristol, Va., has been arrested for the murder.

At about 2 a.m., the Kingsport Police Department was alerted to gunfire at the bar, located at 1009 W. Stone Drive. The responding officer navigated through a throng of "frantic and agitated patrons," according to police, then found a man unresponsive on the floor of the building's main room.

A citizen was performing CPR on the victim, later identified as Brett D. Rodgers, 20, of Kingsport. Rodgers was transported to the hospital by EMS and pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

A second shooting victim was found in the same area of Hog Wild and suffering from less severe injuries. He is in stable condition at an area hospital. KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton said that man would not be publicly identified "for his safety."

In the investigation that followed, detectives reportedly identified the shooter as a male 16-year-old from Bristol, Va. How the suspect was tabbed — or a motive for the incident — was not divulged by the KPD, but Patton says there is no reason to believe it was a random act.

On Friday afternoon, the juvenile was taken into custody on a Sullivan County Juvenile Court attachment. He is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault.

'Safety Issues' Shutter Saloon (for now)

According to Patton, emergency personnel responding to Hog Wild spotted, "several obvious safety concerns and potential city ordinance and building code violations."

A KPD press release adds: "The appropriate authorities were notified, and based upon their preliminary observations have taken action to temporarily close the business while these safety issues can be thoroughly investigated and addressed."

The Westside Rap Sheet

Both Hog Wild and the adjacent Westside Inn, which share a parking lot, see frequent visits from the Model City's emergency responders. In fact, according to numbers provided by the KPD, over the past five years there have been 3,618 calls for service between the neighboring businesses.

Since March of 2013, Kingsport police have received 729 calls regarding Hog Wild Saloon, including 54 fights, 42 additional "disturbances," 20 reports of reckless vehicles and 12 thefts.

But the numbers are almost tripled by KPD calls at Westside Inn — 2,127 over the same period of time. Those included 237 disturbances, 103 reports of drug activity, 94 fights and 43 calls about people intoxicated in public.

Over the past five years, EMS has responded to Hog Wild saloon 61 times and Westside Inn 409. Calls to the bar are led by 19 "accidents with injury," and 11 times to treat "bruises and abrasion." (Paramedics were also called six times to deal with people who were unconscious.)

At the motel, the most EMS calls were for people who were "sick" at 83, followed by 43 complaints of chest pains. Over that period of time, EMS responding to Westside found 2 DOAs, eight overdoses and 19 people possibly having seizures. There were also 24 instances of someone possibly experiencing a "mental disturbance."

And as reported by the Times News over the last five years, the motel has witnessed a multitude of arrests for various offenses — child neglect, robbery, meth manufacturing, motor vehicle thefts, assault.

Bar Brawls Boil Over

Friday's fatal shooting marks at least the third time in five months that firearms have been involved in an arrest at Hog Wild Saloon. According to police records previously obtained by the Times News, several brawls have recently occurred and shots have previously been fired.

Feb. 16, 2018 — Officers responded on reports of "numerous people fighting." Upon arrival, a crowd was dispersing and no serious injuries were observed. Bar security said it was triggered when "a female hit a male and caused a large fight between their friends."

Jan. 29, 2018 — Police dispersed a "large fight in the parking lot" and arrested a woman for disorderly conduct. Another woman ignored police commands and "attempted to interfere” with officers, netting her a charge of disorderly conduct. (She also had an outstanding warrants for aggravated riot.)

Dec. 29, 2017 — Police were called to respond as the business closed, finding people "cussing and screaming...talking about someone 'getting their butt whipped.'" 

Nov. 18, 2017 — Several people were “getting rowdy” outside the bar, including one who had a 9 mm pistol in his waistband. When police arrived, the suspect ran from the parking lot onto Sevier Terrace Drive, with officers in pursuit, then pulled out a gun (later found to be loaded). At that point, he “tripped and fell” and was tackled by officers. He had reportedly threatened to shoot people at Hog Wild and used it to hit an employee in the head. He was arrested on multiple charges.

Nov. 3, 2017 — Police observed a fight outside of Hog Wild Saloon and dispersed the gathering crowd with a squad car PA. A man found lying on the ground claimed to have been "jumped" by several people and accused a bouncer of spraying him with pepper spray. Despite being ordered by police to leave, the man continued "shouting obscenities in a rude and insolent manner" and attempted to fight bar employees. He was booked into jail for disorderly conduct.

Sept. 15, 2017 — Employees reported that several people had an altercation inside, and it continued outside after closing. When a bouncer approached the group, one man pulled a gun and threatened, "You don't want none of this." Witnesses said a shot was then fired in the air, and the parties involved entered their vehicles to flee. The alleged gunman was later spotted at the Waffle House and arrested.

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Previous story: Update, 4:45 p..m. — 

According to a press release from Kingsport Police: 

“On March 2, 2018 at approximately 2:00 AM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a shooting incident at the Hog Wild Saloon, located at 1009 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. Multiple first responders, to include Kingsport Police Department Patrol Officers, were immediately dispatched to the scene.

“The initial responding Officer had to navigate through a large number of frantic and agitated patrons to enter the establishment. When he was able to gain entry into the main room of the facility, he located a black male adult gunshot victim, later identified as Brett D. Rodgers (20, of Kingsport), lying unresponsive on the floor. A citizen was already performing CPR on Mr. Rodgers.

“The first backup Officer soon arrived, and a second black male adult gunshot victim (identity will not be released for his safety) was soon located in the same room. His injuries did not appear nearly as critical as those of Mr. Rodgers. Sullivan County E.M.S. soon arrived, and promptly transported both victims to an area medical facility.

“Mr. Rodgers succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased soon after arrival at the hospital. The second gunshot victim received emergency medical treatment for serious injuries. He has since been admitted and is currently listed in stable condition.

“The initially unidentified suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival. Over the course of the investigation that followed, Detectives from the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division uncovered information and evidence to positively identify the shooter as a 16 year old black male juvenile from Bristol, Virginia.

“Earlier this afternoon, he was taken into custody on a Sullivan County Juvenile Court Attachment for 1) 1st Degree Murder and 2) Aggravated Assault at his residence in Bristol, Virginia with assistance from Law Enforcement Officers from that jurisdiction. He remains in custody awaiting extradition back to Tennessee. Due to privacy laws protecting juvenile records, his name will not be released.

“While inside the Hog Wild Saloon, first responders noticed several obvious safety concerns and potential city ordinance and building code violations. The appropriate authorities were notified, and based upon their preliminary observations have taken action to temporarily close the business while these safety issues can be thoroughly investigated and addressed.

“This remains an open, active, and extremely fluid investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. As such, and in the interest of a successful future prosecution of the individual responsible, no additional details, to include a possible motive, can or will be released at this point and time.”

Check back soon with TimesNews.net for an updated version of this story.

Update, 4 p.m. — 

KINGSPORT — City police are remaining tight-lipped on an early morning shooting at Hog Wild Saloon that sent two people to the hospital, but a look at recent records indicates that the bar — and an adjacent motel — have become notorious for crime.

At about 2 a.m., Kingsport police were alerted to gunfire at Hog Wild, 1009 W. Stone Drive. Two people were transported to the hospital with injuries. As of 4 p.m. Friday, police had yet to identify the victims or comment on their status. There had also been no information released on a suspect or if they had been apprehended.

Both Hog Wild and the adjacent Westside Inn, which share a parking lot, see frequent visits from the Model City's emergency responders. In fact, according to numbers provided by the KPD, over the past five years there have been 3,618 calls for service between the neighboring businesses.

Since March of 2013, Kingsport police have received 729 calls regarding Hog Wild Saloon, including 54 fights, 42 additional "disturbances," 20 reports of reckless vehicles and 12 thefts.

The numbers are almost tripled by KPD calls at Westside Inn — 2,127 over the same period of time. Those included 237 disturbances, 103 reports of drug activity, 94 fights and 43 calls about people intoxicated in public.

Over the past five years, EMS has responded to Hog Wild saloon 61 times and Westside Inn 409. Calls to the bar are led by 19 "accidents with injury," and 11 times to treat "bruises and abrasion." (Paramedics were also called six times to deal with people who were unconscious.) At the motel, the most calls were for people who were "sick" at 83, followed by 43 complaints of chest pains.

According to police records previously obtained by the Times News, the scene of Friday's shooting has seen several brawls over the past five months — including an armed man threatening to shoot people, and another who fired a gun into the air. 

Feb. 16, 2018 — Officers responded on reports of "numerous people fighting." Upon arrival, a crowd was dispersing and no serious injuries were observed. Bar security said it was triggered when "a female hit a male and caused a large fight between their friends."

Jan. 29, 2018 — Police dispersed a "large fight in the parking lot" and arrested a woman for disorderly conduct. Another woman ignored police commands and "attempted to interfere” with officers, netting her a charge of disorderly conduct. (She also had an outstanding warrant for aggravated riot.)

Dec. 29, 2017 — Police were called to respond as the business closed, finding people "cussing and screaming...talking about someone 'getting their butt whipped.'" No arrests were made.

Nov. 18, 2017 — Dispatch was advised of several people “getting rowdy” outside the bar, including one who had a 9 mm pistol in his waistband. When police arrived, the suspect ran from the parking lot onto Sevier Terrace Drive, with officers in pursuit, then pulled out a gun (later found to be loaded). At that point, he “tripped and fell” and was tackled. He had reportedly threatened to shoot people at Hog Wild and used it to hit an employee in the head. He was arrested on multiple charges.

Nov. 3, 2017

Police observed a fight outside of Hog Wild Saloon and dispersed the gathering crowd with a squad car PA. A man found lying on the ground claimed to have been "jumped" by several people and accused a bouncer of spraying him with pepper spray. Despite being ordered by police to leave, the man continued "shouting obscenities in a rude and insolent manner" and attempted to fight bar employees. He was booked into jail for disorderly conduct.

Sept. 15

Employees reported that several people had an altercation inside, and it continued outside after closing. When a bouncer approached the group, one man pulled a gun and threatened, "You don't want none of this." Witnesses said a shot was then fired in the air, and the parties involved entered their vehicles to flee. A casing was recovered at the scene and a be-on-the-lookout alert issued over the radio. An officer soon spotted the alleged gunman at the Waffle House and apprehended him without incident.

Check back with TimesNews.net for more information as it is available. 

Previous story:

KINGSPORT — Police are investigating an early Friday morning shooting at Hog Wild Saloon that sent a pair of people to the hospital.

According to Kingsport Police Department Public Information Officer Tom Patton, dispatch was notified of the incident at about 2 a.m. Multiple first responders then converged on the bar, located at 1009 W. Stone Drive.

“As the investigation is still in its infancy, no further information regarding this matter can or will be released at this time,” stated a press release from the KPD. “However, additional details will be disseminated as they become available and at the appropriate point in the investigation.”

Check back with TimesNews.net for more information as it becomes available.

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