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One sought, one in custody after fatal sniper shooting in Rogersville

Jeff Bobo • Dec 10, 2008 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — One suspect was in custody and another “person of interest” was being sought in connection with a fatal sniper-style shooting that occurred Tuesday night in the Rogersville Wal-Mart parking lot.

Witnesses told police that about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday a gunman fired into a crowd of youths gathered in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Route 66 from an elevated distance at a nearby car wash.

Jackson B. Sellers, 18, was pronounced dead upon arrival at Hawkins County Memorial Hospital from what investigators describe as a single gunshot wound to the head.

Wednesday evening police were still keeping details released about the shooting to a minimum — at least until they have an opportunity to speak to Ronald Eugene Brewer, 19, 126 Bailey Johnson Road, Rogersville.

Brewer has been identified by police as a person of interest in the shooting. Rogersville Police Chief Doug Nelson said Brewer should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who comes into contact with Brewer should “use caution and do not approach him,” Nelson added.

Brewer was last seen driving a black Nissan Maxima, and police ask anyone who knows of his whereabouts to contact the Rogersville Police Department at 272-7555 or their local law enforcement agency.

Rogersville police have arrested Travis Lee Goins, 22, also of 126 Bailey Johnson Road, Rogersville, and charged him with first-degree murder by criminal responsibility for conduct of another.

According to the arrest warrant filed by RPD Detective Jim Shanks, witnesses said Brewer and Goins had been together at the Wal-Mart parking lot Tuesday night prior to the shooting.

The warrant alleges that Goins and Brewer asked a witness to keep everyone at the parking lot, and then they left.

“After being taken into custody, Travis Lee Goins did admit being with Ronald Eugene Brewer, and he did confirm that Brewer had discussed fighting the individuals at the Wal-Mart parking lot,” Shanks stated in the arrest warrant. “They had left and drove to Brewer’s residence in Mooresburg and then returned to the car wash overlooking the parking lot where the individuals were gathered. Goins further advised that Brewer had then taken out a rifle and shot, and that after the shooting he had driven away and (Goins) had later given (Brewer) money which would assist Mr. Brewer.”

Nelson told the Times-News that witnesses indicated there had been an altercation in the parking lot prior to the departure of Goins and Brewer.

But police do not believe Sellers was involved in the altercation. Nelson said Sellers was not acquainted with Brewer or Goins.

Nelson would not say whether a weapon has been recovered.

Goins was lodged in the Hawkins County Jail on $100,000 bond.

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