Published July 07, 2016
One person was killed and four others wounded -- including a police officer -- when a man fired shots at a Days Inn and several cars on a highway in Bristol, Tenn. early Thursday, officials said.
The accused shooter, who has not been identified, was also wounded and is in custody at Bristol Regional Medical Center, WJHL reported. No motive has been identified yet.
Jennifer Rooney, a 44-year-old mother who delivered the local newspaper, was driving to pick up papers for the morning delivery when she was shot and killed, according to Bristol Herald-Courier publisher Jim Maxwell.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine said the suspect was armed with at least two weapons and shot at responding officers, who returned fire, wounding him.
Bristol police said in a statement that the shootings happened near the Virginia border.
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.
Maxwell said the incident was a "senseless act of violence."
"Residents of our community woke up to what was expected to be a typical July warm and humid morning, except today they were greeted with news of this extremely troubling event," Maxwell wrote. "It's like the crazy stuff you read about or see on television from other places suddenly and unexpectedly materialized here in our backyard. Things like this just don't happen here."
The paper reported that Rooney had worked there for nearly a year.
Rooney's family declined to comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.