One dead another hurt in McMinn County shooting

MCMINN COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- An Englewood man is dead and another is seriously injured, after two separate shootings that happened late Saturday night.

The attacks appear to center around a business deal that happened in the '70s, according to the McMinn County Sheriff's Office.

"[The suspect] was somewhat upset or obsessed over that 40 year old business deal," Sheriff Joe Guy said.

The Sheriff's Office says 78-year-old Bobby Russell showed up to the Englewood Package Store off Highway 411 just after 9 p.m. That's when deputies say he shot the owner, Bill Haney, several times.

"He was very seriously injured," Guy said.

And while authorities were still investigating this crime scene, Guy got a call about another shooting at a home just up the road.

"Bill Culbertson, a guy who's a long-time friend of the community, business owner, someone I've known my whole life, was found deceased. He'd also been shot," he said.

Russell originally built and founded the package store. But he sold it to Haney and Culbertson more than 40 years ago.

"We made the correct assumption that Mr. Russell was involved in both of these crimes," Guy said.

Linda Johnson lives near the package store, and has known all three of these men for almost 50 years. She was shocked Sunday morning when she learned Russell was arrested for the attacks.

"If he'd have come here, by knowing him, we would have invited him in, or gone out and talked to him," Johnson said.

She says both Haney and Culbertson were well-loved in the community.

"It's just something that you couldn't believe. You know it happens, but you try not to believe it," she said.

"It's just a real tragic situation, for the entire community around Englewood. It was just difficult to work last night," Guy said.

Russell turned himself in to the Sheriff's Office early Sunday morning. He faces charges of first degree murder and attempted first degree murder.


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