Tennessee

Suspect's friends, family shocked by Tennessee shooting

July 7, 2016: A weapon lays on the ground next to evidence markers in Bristol, Tenn. Three people were injured and one person was killed after a man opened fire on motorists traveling along a parkway in East Tennessee.

July 7, 2016: A weapon lays on the ground next to evidence markers in Bristol, Tenn. Three people were injured and one person was killed after a man opened fire on motorists traveling along a parkway in East Tennessee.  (David Crigger/The Bristol Herald-Courier via AP)

Friends and family of a black Army veteran accused of shooting at passing cars and police on a Tennessee highway are struggling to accept that he became violent in response to police killings of African-Americans.

One woman died and three others were wounded, including an officer, as police traded gunfire with the suspect early Thursday.

Thirty-seven-year-old Lakeem Keon Scott survived his wounds, and after questioning him on Friday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said he cited police killings of black men as his motivation.

Alan Lavasser, a white neighbor, says Scott was nice to "everyone," and there's "no way I would ever believe that it was racially motivated."