Three more shootings since last night. One more death. It’s bad out there.
This morning a police officer in Valdosta in South Georgia was shot multiple times, and shot his assailant. The officer was responding to a call of vehicle damage and potential break-in, but it is not know if the shooter was involved in a crime at the time. The officer was hit below his vest in the abdomen, as well as taking several other shots, and was taken into emergency surgery. He is now recovering.
Also in Georgia, also this morning, a police officer in Roswell was shot while on patrol. A man fired at the officer from his car. The officer pursued, the suspect crashed his vehicle, and he is now under arrest. He was in possession of methamphetamine and is charged with, among other things, driving a stolen vehicle. However, the officer on patrol did not know any of that and was not pursuing him. The officer was unhurt.
In both cases, authorities have declined to offer motive for the shooting.
In Tennessee today, a man opened fire on a Tennessee highway, first randomly, and then at police officers. Authorities say he was “troubled by incidents involving black people and law enforcement officers.” All his victims were white.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has identified the shooter as Lakeem Keon Scott, a 37 year old black man.
From The Blaze:
Investigators say Scott killed one person, 44-year-old Jennifer Rooney and wounded three others. The TBI identified those who were injured as Deborah Watts, David Whitman Davis and Officer Matthew Cousins were also injured.
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.
Here’s more on the deceased victim, from KBCD:
Newspaper carrier Jennifer Rooney, a 44-year-old mother of two, was on her way to pick up papers for the morning delivery when a bullet struck her. The Bristol Herald-Courier reported that her car careened over a median and crashed through a chain link fence.
It is a terrible day in America, today.