Shooting in Tenn. Leaves 1 Person Dead and Four Wounded

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At the scene of the shootings, near a Days Inn and an O'Reilly Auto Parts store on Volunteer Parkway in Bristol, Tenn. scene of an overnight shooting in Bristol, Tenn. (David Crigger/The Bristol Herald-Courier via AP)
At the scene of the shootings, near a Days Inn and an O’Reilly Auto Parts store on Volunteer Parkway in Bristol, Tenn. (David Crigger/The Bristol Herald-Courier via AP)

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says one person has died, and four others – including a police officer – were injured when a suspect fired shots early Thursday morning at a Days Inn and at several vehicles traveling along Volunteer Parkway, a roadway in Bristol, Tennessee, along the Virginia border.

TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said the suspect was armed with at least two weapons and shot at responding officers, who returned fire, wounding him. The suspect and the four people who were injured were taken to the Bristol Regional Medical Center.

Josh Devine, of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (L), looks on as Bristol Police Chief speaks about shootings, on Thursday. (David Crigger/The Bristol Herald-Courier via AP)
Josh Devine, of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (L), looks on as Bristol Police Chief speaks about shootings, on Thursday. (David Crigger/The Bristol Herald-Courier via AP)

The Bristol Herald Courier reported that the deceased victim is Jennifer Brewer Rooney, 44, a newspaper delivery woman, and that she was shot as she was traveling to pick up her papers Thursday morning.

Dozens of shell casings lie on the ground at the crime scene. (David Crigger/The Bristol Herald-Courier via AP)
Dozens of shell casings lie on the ground at the crime scene. (David Crigger/The Bristol Herald-Courier via AP)

Tennessee media outlet WJHL said the shooting happened around 2:00 a.m.

Media reported that TBI agents were processing four separate crime scenes.

DeVine said police are working “as aggressively, as quickly, and as carefully as possibly” to gather evidence and determine what happened.