A Morristown man, recently released from federal prison, has been charged in connection to shooting two men over the weekend off Boatmans Mountain Road in west Hamblen County.
Brandon Royce Clark, 29, of Meadow Run Drive, faces charges of aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
He is currently being held in the Hamblen County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
The incident occurred Saturday morning. Two men were shot during the incident. Both were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where one of the men was shot three times in the abdomen, while the other man was shot once.
Police are not disclosing the names of the victims.
One of the men was hospitalized and underwent surgery. The other was discharged, authorities said.
Detective Sgt. Jim Brooks, lead investigator on the case with the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office, said they were able to determine the shooter after family members began talking and notified the sheriff’s department.
“They called us,” he said.
He said all those involved in the shooting knew each other.
“They had some kind of connection,” he said.
Brooks said Clark had prior felony convictions for burglary and reckless endangerment.
“He just got out of the federal pen,” Brooks said.
According to an affidavit, there was a third person at the scene of the shooting, but was uninjured. The person “feared for her life,” the affidavit stated.
Reports said two women, a mother and her young adult daughter, were sleeping when they heard gunfire erupt around 10:20 a.m.
Investigators were initially not able to determine the shooter because of different accounts from witnesses, Brooks said.
It was only when witnesses told family members that authorities were able to piece the investigation together, he said.