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Man Opens Fire on Tennessee Highway Because He Was Upset About Incidents Involving Police, Blacks: Investigators

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BRISTOL, Tenn. (TheBlaze/AP) -- Authorities in Tennessee say a man who opened fire on a highway in Tennessee targeted police officers and others because he was troubled by incidents involving black people and law enforcement officers.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says in a news release that initial conversations with the suspect, identified as Lakeem Keon Scott revealed he was troubled by incidents across the U.S. The TBI says the suspect is black; the shooting victims are all white.

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.

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.

The suspect was shot by the officers and is being treated at a hospital. He has not yet been charged.

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