Three people are dead and another three wounded following a violent series of shootings and carjackings in Tennessee yesterday.
The incident began around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 13, near Beechgrove, Tennessee, according to a news release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).
Authorities say that motorist and St. Louis, Missouri resident Dangelo Dorsey, 29, opened fire on others inside a moving vehicle traveling west on I-24.
TBI says that one person inside the vehicle was shot to death and another was injured. The person who was killed was later identified as 28 year old Darcey Johnson.
Traffic stopped on I-24 following the shootings.
TBI says that Dorsey tried to carjack another vehicle and in the process shot a motorist in the hand.
Authorities also said that a truck driver in the immediate area sustained a gunshot wound to the face but survived.
Dorsey then allegedly carjacked a Ford Mustang and ordered the man and woman inside to drive him to their home in Morrison, where Dorsey was able to take two additional firearms.
After swapping out the Ford Mustang for a Toyota Rav4, Dorsey forced the man and woman to accompany him as hostages.
At some point, Dorsey killed the male hostage, later identified as 23 year old Phillip Jordan Stevens. His body was recovered along I-24 westbound at Exit 111-B.
Around 3:30 p.m. authorities were able to located the Toyota Rav4 traveling eastbound on I-24 with the female hostage still inside. A chase ensued during which the Rav4 at times reached speed of 100 m.p.h.
Dorsey then crashed and flipped the Rav4.
At this point, he took his own life.
The female hostage was recovered by police.
TBI issued a statement on the series of deadly events:
…on behalf of the Bureau and our law enforcement partners, I want to extend our deepest sympathies to the innocent lives that have been impacted by today’s set of events. We also want to thank drivers on I-24 for their patience. We know today’s work by law enforcement resulted in chaos, delays and inconvenience, but we must work diligently, with a focus on detail, to pursue justice in the memory and honor of those who were directly impacted by this series of crimes.
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