Authorities said the shooting was a drug-related crime and initiated by a robbery attempt that took place inside the hotel portion of the facility and that it was not a random act of violence. The victim has been treated and released from a local hospital.
According to a press release from the Kingsport Police Department, three suspects have been charged in the incident:
- Matthew Phillips: aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping and attempted second-degree murder.
- Deonte Bristol: aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, attempted aggravated robbery and accessory after the fact to attempted second-degree murder.
- Brittany Staffford: accessory after the fact to attempted second-degree murder.
Bristol and Stafford were both arrested and are in the Kingsport Jail pending arraignment. Phillips remains at large and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone who knows Phillips’ current whereabouts or who may have any additional information that could assist with this investigation is asked to contact detectives in the KPD Criminal Investigations Division at (423) 229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at (423) 246-9111.