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Tennessee Highway Patrol Issues Warning About I-81 Shooter


Tennessee Troopers have issued a warning to drivers after both commercial and passengers vehicles were targeted by a shooter on I-81.

THP says that there are at least three incidents of vehicle shootings on I-81 this month.

The first target was a semi truck on Friday, September 9, around 11 p.m. The truck driver was traveling north on I-81 near mile marker 17 when he reported seeing a bright flash of light issuing from a small car that was driving by. No bullet was recovered and no bullet holes were found on the truck.

The second target was an armored vehicle which was targeted around midnight on September 18 as it was traveling north on I-81 between mile marker 4 and mile marker 20. The driver and others in the vehicle heard a loud noise and thought they had blown a tire, but when they pulled over, they found a bullet hole in the passenger side of the armored truck.

The most recent incident took place on September 27 around 9 p.m. A passenger vehicle with a family inside was traveling north on I-81 near mile marker 10 when a bullet went through the windshield. The driver of the passenger vehicle noted that a silver Toyota Camry with only one headlight had passed them before the shooting took place.

No injuries have been reported.

THP is sending officers door to door to home along the northbound lanes of I-81 between mile marker 8 and mile marker 12. THP says they believe a homeowner may be responsible for the series of shootings.

THP is also warning drivers to use extreme caution when traveling through Hamblen and Jefferson Counties.

If you have any information about the shootings, please contact the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department at (423) 586-3781.






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