One dead, 3 people shot, including shooter, at body shop in Roane Co., sheriff says

Officials with the Harriman Police Department confirmed the Roane Co. Sheriff’s Office was investigating a shooting.
Published: Mar. 30, 2023 at 4:58 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 31, 2023 at 9:58 AM CDT
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ROANE CO., Tenn. (WVLT) - The Roane Co. Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting with multiple victims in the Midtown area on Thursday night, according to officials with the Roane Co. Sheriff’s.

Sheriff Jack Stockton said three victims, two women and one man, as well as the male shooter, were shot at Midtown Body Shop.

Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed at least one person was killed. All victims were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

The shooter, identified as Brian Wilson, was also airlifted to the hospital to undergo surgery, according to officials. Witnesses told deputies the shooter walked in and shot the first victim and then continued to search for more people. Stockton said Wilson knew at least two of the victims.

A trooper with the Tennessee Highway Patrol shot Wilson in the front yard of an abandoned home close to the body shop, according to officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

“The trooper encountered the suspect, who was armed with a handgun, in the nearby front yard of an abandoned house, in the 100 block of Dogwood Lane. There, the suspect turned toward the trooper in an aggressive fashion as he raised his gun, after which the trooper fired his service weapon, striking and injuring the suspect, who was subsequently hospitalized.”

TBI Officials

At least eight agencies responded to the scene, according to Stockton.

Wilson bonded out of jail the morning of the shooting. Stockton said he was a suspect in a previous house fire.

Wilson was also charged in 2022, with two counts of domestic assault, one count of assault, one count of child abuse where the child is under 8 and vandalism, according to the Roane Co. Sheriff’s Office Inmate Database.

Additional Coverage: Roane Co. shooter violated protection order at body shop in 2022, had history of family violence, warrants say

Warrants obtained by WVLT News describe the incident that led to those charges.

WVLT News crews spoke with people in the adjacent business and said they were on lockdown during the incident and that has since been lifted.

A portion of Highway 70 was closed as law enforcement responded to the shooting.

Officials with the TBI said the investigation remained active and ongoing.

This is a developing story.