UPDATED: Bristol shooting victim identified
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — The person killed when a man opened fire on a Tennessee highway was a newspaper carrier on her way to pick up papers for the morning delivery.
Bristol Herald-Courier publisher Jim Maxwell confirmed 44-year-old Jennifer Rooney was killed in the shooting. He called it a "senseless act of violence" that has stunned the small city on the Virginia border.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says four others including a police officer were injured when a man opened fire at a Days Inn and at several vehicles on Volunteer Parkway. 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 Herald-Courier reported that Rooney was shot as she drove to pick up newspapers, then her vehicle careened over an embankment.
Her family declined to comment.