KINGSPORT — Kingsport police believe a 2006 shooting at Club 229 may be the motive for an early morning shooting at the LimeLight Club on Stone Drive Sunday that left one man in critical condition and another on the run.
The alleged gunman from Sunday’s shooting, Hubert Lee Scruggs, 21, 1700 David Buck Road No. 51, Johnson City, was still at large late Sunday evening and police believe he may have fled the state.
Sunday’s shooting occurred around 5:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the LimeLight Club, 417 W. Stone Drive. Witnesses reportedly told the Kingsport Police Department that Scruggs and DeShannon Bradley, 20, of Kingsport, were arguing in the parking lot when Scruggs allegedly pulled a handgun and shot Bradley four times — once in the face, once in the abdomen and twice in the leg.
Police said the weapon was possibly a 9-mm semi-automatic pistol. Scruggs fled the club parking lot before police arrived on the scene.
Bradley was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center where he underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition Sunday evening in the intensive care unit.
According to a report filed by KPD Detective David Cole, Sunday morning’s incident was related to a May 27, 2006, shooting at Club 229 on Lincoln Street in which Scruggs was wounded and lost a portion of his leg. Police did not specify if Bradley had been implicated in that shooting. No one was ever charged.
Detectives spent Sunday looking for Scruggs and stated in the report he may be headed for West Virginia or Charlotte, N.C., in a blue 1991 Ford Explorer with a Tennessee dealer tag.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Scruggs charging him with attempted first-degree murder.
Following the 2006 shooting at Club 229, the city of Kingsport filed a petition that resulted in the club being closed permanently. Club 229 management subsequently opened up the LimeLight on Stone Drive that has also seen its share of gunplay including two separate “shots fired” complaints this past March.