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Update: Man who allegedly shot brother, self dies from injuries

February 8th, 2013 10:29 am by Rain Smith

Update: 4:26 p.m.


A Blountville man died Friday afternoon from injuries sustained the night before, when he allegedly shot his brother in the chest before turning the gun on himself.


Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart says an investigation is continuing, with detectives getting mixed accounts of what sparked the altercation.


At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, deputies were dispatched to 311 Bowman Creek Rd., where the men live with their parents. Police found David Baker, 22, had already been taken to the hospital by a friend, while EMS was called to transport Daniel Baker, 24.


According to statements gathered from two witnesses — the brothers' mother and one of their acquaintances — an argument erupted between the siblings. Daniel Baker allegedly stood up and shot David in the chest, then pointed the gun at his own head and pulled the trigger.


On Friday morning, Daniel was listed as being in critical condition at Bristol Regional Medical Center, but he died later in the day.


As of Friday afternoon, David Baker was in stable condition at Holston Valley Medical Center. An investigation into the incident is continuing.


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A pair of Blountville brothers are hospitalized — one in critical condition — after an argument escalated to one allegedly shooting the other in the chest, then himself in the head.


Police have declined to label the incident as a murder-suicide attempt, saying both men involved have yet to be thoroughly interviewed by investigators.


At 7:30 Thursday night the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to 311 Bowman Creek Road, where each of the men reportedly live. They found David Baker, 22, had already been taken to the hospital by a friend, while EMS responded to transport Daniel Baker, 24.


According to statements gathered from witnesses, an argument erupted between the pair with Daniel Baker shooting David in the chest. Police say that after shooting his brother Daniel then turned the gun on himself, shooting himself in the head.


As of Friday morning David Baker was listed as being in stable condition at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, while Daniel was critical at Bristol Regional medical Center.


An investigation is continuing, with police saying no further information is available at this time.

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