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Alleged Bristol shooter charged with murder, trying to kill 7 others

Staff report • Jul 12, 2016 at 1:09 PM

Charges have been placed against a man accused of shooting a hotel clerk and “indiscriminately” firing upon motorists last week in Bristol, Tenn., killing one woman.

On Tuesday, a Sullivan County grand jury returned indictments against Lakeem Keon Scott, 37. He's charged with one count of first-degree murder, seven counts of attempted first-degree murder and seven counts of employing a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.

According to a Tuesday press release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation: “The work to investigate the motive for this incident remains active and ongoing. Preliminarily, the investigation reveals Scott targeted individuals and officers after being troubled by recent incidents involving African-Americans and law enforcement officers in other parts of the country.”

A woman killed in the Thursday shootings has been identified as Jennifer Rooney, 44. The Bristol Herald Courier reported Rooney was a carrier on her way to pick up papers for her morning route.

The TBI nameed the attempted murder victims as David Whitman Davis, 45; Kathy Fleenor, 66; Harold Fleener, 73; Deborah Watts, 53; Bristol Tennessee Police Department Officer Matthew Cousins, 46; BTPD Officer Jonathan Forbes, 28; and BTPD Officer Ronald Cowan, 25.

Scott reportedly shot at the three responding officers, who then returned fire. Scott has yet to be released from Bristol Regional Medical Center. When that occurs, he will be booked into the Sullivan County Jail on $500,000 bond.

Authorities said that Scott armed himself with at least two weapons early Thursday — a semi-automatic-style rifle and a pistol — and shot through the window of Days Inn on Volunteer Parkway at a clerk, identified as Watts.

The TBI said Scott, who carried a large amount of ammunition, then fired at several vehicles.

It was not until late Friday morning that investigators were able to speak with Scott. TBI Public Information Officer Josh DeVine said Scott’s motivation for this incident remains central to the ongoing investigation moving forward.

Anyone with specific information about the incident or the individual believed to be responsible may contact the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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