Occupant of vehicle shoots at 11-W motorists

Nick Shepherd • Feb 28, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Two women were allegedly shot at while traveling Highway 11-W in Sullivan County on Tuesday night, telling police the gun was fired by an unknown occupant of another car.

Police say what appears to be two bullet holes were observed in the rear of their vehicle, but no rounds were recovered.

The incident began at approximately 8:30 p.m. as they traveled from Kingsport to Bristol, according to an incident report at the Sullivan County Sheriff's office. A vehicle reportedly tailgated them while flashing bright lights on and off. The suspect vehicle would allegedly swing around like it was going to pass, then pull back behind them. A few minutes later, according to their statements, they heard a loud bang. Approximately two minutes later there was a second loud noise, with the pair then believing someone in the other vehicle was firing a gun. At that point the driver called 911. When the victims' vehicle was near Bristol Regional Medical Center the suspect's car reportedly turned off their headlights and turned around. The women then went directly to the hospital ER and were met by officers with Bristol, Tenn., Police.

The victims told officers that they had no known enemies, according to the police report, and could name no potential suspects who would have targeted them.

The suspect vehicle is described as possibly being a gold Toyota. The driver was a white male, possibly wearing a red shirt.

Anyone with information or who may have observed the incident is asked to contact the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office at (423) 279-7500 ext. 222. Tips can be submitted anonymously at www.scsotn.com.

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