Alleged Volunteer Parkway shooter Lakeem Scott indicted

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BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) – A man accused in a deadly shooting in Bristol, Tenn., last week was indicted Tuesday by a Sullivan County grand jury on various charges, including first-degree murder.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 37-year-old Lakeem Keon Scott fired shots through the window of Days Inn on Volunteer Parkway around 2:20 a.m. Thursday, hitting the clerk on duty. That person was later identified as Deborah Watts, 53.

Authorities also think Scott fired at several vehicles driving on the Parkway before firing at police who had responded to the scene. Scott was hit by gunfire and was taken to Bristol Regional Medical Center, where as of Tuesday he was listed in fair condition.

Scott is also believed to have fired into a vehicle killing Jennifer Rooney.

Scott was indicted by the grand jury with one count of first-degree murder, seven counts of attempted first-degree murder and seven counts of employing a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony. When released from Bristol Regional Medical Center, Scott will be booked into the Sullivan County Jail on $5 million bond.

TBI also identified additional victims today. All victims reported in this incident are below:

David Whitman Davis, 45; Kathy Fleenor, 66; Harold Fleenor, 73; Deborah Watts, 53; Officer Matthew Cousins, 46; Officer Jonathan Forbes, 28; and Officer Ronald Cowan, 25.

According to U.S. Army Spokesperson Tatjana Christian, Scott was a Private 1st Class in the Army. He served in the New York National Guard, the Army, and the Army Reserve. His service dates include: August 1996 – March 1997,  September 1997 – June 1999,  July 1999 – September 2004. Christian said he was deployed to Korea from April 1998 to June 1999.

According to Christian, Scott served as an air and missile defense crew member and a unit supply specialist. While serving, he also received awards including an Army Service Ribbon and an Overseas Service Ribbon. According to Christian, Scott is from Brooklyn, New York.

“The work to investigate the motive for this incident remains active and ongoing,” according to TBI. “Preliminarily, the investigation reveals Scott targeted individuals and officers after being troubled by recent incidents involving African-Americans and law enforcement officers in other parts of the country.” 

TBI thinks the alleged gunman acted alone, and asked anyone with information on this incident or Scott to call Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.Copyright 2016 WJHL. All rights reserved.

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