Halloween party shooting turns fatal

ONEIDA, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A shooting at an old poultry facility in Oneida has taken a fatal turn after one of the victims died late Wednesday night, according to Oneida Police Chief Daryl Laxton. Laxton added that Chris Marcum passed away around 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night at UT Medical Center.

Following Marcum's death, on of the Aggravated Assault charges against the alleged shooter Greg Potter was dropped and replaced with a 1st Degree Murder charge. Potter still faces eight counts of Aggravated Assault.

Potter is accused of firing several shots during a Halloween party at local hang out known as the "Chicken House." Oneida Police Chief Darryl Laxton said he went on a drunken shooting spree with a 30-30 high-powered rifle.

A third victim was not taken to the hospital and is reportedly fine.

"We heard gunshots and thought someone was playing. It was Halloween," said Mike, who didn't want to use his last name and was at the party. Mike added that Marcum, who he called a friend of his, was shot at point blank range.

Mike says everybody was running and screaming then he realized another friend, Ben Cooper, was shot in the neck.

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