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LimeLight shooting suspect still at large, victim recovering

Kacie Dingus Breeding • Nov 12, 2007 at 12:00 AM

A potential new lessee may divide the former LimeLight building for a Western-themed restaurant on one side and dancing on the other. Photo by Kacie Dingus Breeding. Timesnews.net photo illustration


KINGSPORT — A Kingsport man who suffered multiple gunshot wounds in an Oct. 28 shooting outside LimeLight on Stone Drive around 5:45 a.m. is now on the road to recovery.

DeShannon Bradley, 20, of Kingsport, is listed in good condition at Holston Valley Medical Center, according to Wellmont media spokesman Brad Lifford.

Kingsport Police Department Detective David Cole said HVMC has taken steps to ensure Bradley’s safety while his alleged shooter, Hubert Lee Scruggs, 21, of Johnson City, remains at large.

Cole said the investigation reinforces the preliminary belief that the shooting that shut down LimeLight was connected to an argument between Scruggs and Bradley about a May 27, 2006, shooting at Club 229 on Lincoln Street that caused Scruggs to lose part of his leg. However, no one was charged in that incident — and police didn’t specify whether Bradley was implicated.

The day of the most recent shooting, a KPD police report indicated Scruggs, of 1700 David Buck Road, No. 51, might have fled to West Virginia or Charlotte, N.C., in a blue 1991 Ford Explorer with a Tennessee dealer tag. He faces a charge of attempted murder after he allegedly shot Bradley four times in the face, abdomen and leg.

On Monday, Cole said the investigation has revealed additional details about the argument between Scruggs and Bradley.

In addition to arguing about the Club 229 shooting, witnesses said the pair might also have been arguing about two Johnson City women Cole described as girlfriends of Scruggs.

One of those women has moved to Maryland, prompting police to extend the investigation in that direction as well.

Cole said he’s looking for information on both Scruggs and Bradley.

“The more we can find out about either one of them, the better,” he said.

Meanwhile, the shooting convinced James Swafford Sr. it was time to steer clear of the urban nightclub scene. On the next business day, he closed the doors of the Lime Light.

On Monday, Swafford said he’s on the verge of signing a contract with a new lessee whose plans for the location aren’t tailored to the urban nightclub crowd.

He said the potential lessee spoke of dividing up the building to run a Western-themed restaurant during the day and opening up the other side for dancing after 10 p.m. There was also talk of setting closing time at around 1 a.m.

Kingsport developer Gary Alexander holds the Swaffords’ mortgage on the former Lime Light property until it is paid in full in about five or six years. He said he wasn’t privy to the details of the potential new lease agreement because he’s been out of town.

Swafford said he hopes the deal with the new lessee will be finalized by next week.

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