TBI: Man who opened fire in Bristol was mad about police shootings

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BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in Tennessee say a man who opened fire on a highway in Tennessee targeted police officers and others because he was troubled by incidents involving black people and law enforcement officers.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says in a news release that initial conversations with the suspect revealed he was troubled by incidents across the U.S.

The TBI says the suspect is black; the shooting victims are all white.

Investigators say Lakeem Keon Scott killed one person and wounded three others, including a police officer.

Scott had two guns early Thursday morning when he shot at a motel in Bristol, Tennessee, and then shot indiscriminately at several passing cars.

When he was confronted by police, he fired at the three officers who responded.

The suspect was shot by the officers and is being treated at a hospital.

He has not yet been charged.

Those injured in the incident include:

  • Jennifer Rooney: Deceased after being shot driving in her vehicle on Volunteer Parkway.
  • Deborah Watts: In serious, but stable, condition at BRMC, after being shot while working at the Days Inn.
  • David Whitman Davis: Received minor injuries at the scene after being injured by flying glass resulting from the gunfire.
  • Officer Matthew Cousins: Sustained a superficial wound to the leg. Was subsequently treated and released from BRMC.
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