Suspect charged with first-degree murder after victim dies in Lebanon, Va. shooting

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UPDATE: Investigators have released the identities of the victim and suspect in a Tuesday morning fatal shooting at a Lebanon shopping center.

The Russell County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office says Brenda Jane Hicks retrieved a firearm from her vehicle and shot at William Henry Bailey as he was leaving the parking lot of the Russell County Shopping Center after they encountered each other in front of the Dollar General earlier in the morning.

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“Once the victim was struck, his truck continued to travel through the parking lot, colliding into other vehicles,” the commonwealth’s attorney’s office said. “The victim was pronounced dead at the Russell County Medical Center.”

Hicks and Bailey were estranged, according to investigators.

The commonwealth’s attorney’s office says Hicks called 911 around 10 a.m. and told dispatchers that she had shot Bailey.

Hicks is charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

“Upon arriving on scene this morning, I immediately noticed the number of vehicles and people that were in the shopping center parking lot,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Zack Stoots said in a news release. “Today’s incident was a great tragedy and a crime that our office will be aggressively prosecuting. There could have easily been multiple injuries and victims.”

Hicks is being held at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon.


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LEBANON, Va. (WJHL) – One person has been arrested and another transported to the hospital after a shooting in Lebanon, Virginia on Tuesday.

According to Lebanon Police Chief Eric Deskins, a victim was transported to the Russell County Medical Center after a shooting in the parking lot of the Russell County Shopping Center.

A suspect has been taken into custody in relation to the shooting, according to Deskins.

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Chief Deskins said there is no reason to believe that anyone else is involved as of Tuesday afternoon.

He added that the suspect in this case is a female, and the victim is a male. Neither of their identities have been released as of Tuesday afternoon.

More information regarding the shooting is expected from Commonwealth’s Attorney Zack Stoots.

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The Russell County Sheriff’s Office is actively working at the scene of a shooting in Lebanon, Virginia.

According to Russell County Sheriff Steve Dye, a shooting occurred within the town on Tuesday morning.

Lebanon Police Chief Eric Deskins said the shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Russell County Shopping Center.

Chief Deputy William Watson said deputies are currently on the scene of the shooting on Highway 19 in the town.

Sheriff Dye told News Channel 11 that Commonwealth Attorney Zack Stoots would release further information on the shooting when it was available.

No further information was released.

This is a developing story. Look for updates on WJHL.com.

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