4 Killed in Tennessee Apartment Shooting; Suspect Dead

A man fatally shot four people at a public housing complex Wednesday, fled the scene and apparently killed himself, police said.

Rusty L. Rumley opened fire around noon during a domestic dispute at Edgemont Towers, Bristol police spokeswoman Stephanie Hoskins said. She had no other details on a motive for the shootings.

Four people were shot at the 118-unit, 10-story building, which is operated by the city's public housing authority. Three died at the scene on the eighth floor and the fourth died at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

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Details on the victims were not immediately available.

Hoskins said Rumley, 26, fled the scene in his vehicle before crashing it near the Sullivan-Carter county line, about 15 miles southwest of Bristol, which is near the Virginia line.

The vehicle was empty when officers arrived, but they eventually found Rumley dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Hoskins said. Rumley was last known to be living in Watauga, near where his body was found.

Capt. Charles Thomas, head of the police department's criminal investigation division, said the department had "very few problems" at the complex.

"Most of the residents are either elderly or disabled," he said.