Two people were reportedly hit in a shooting at South Clinton Pawn on Monday afternoon (WVLT/ Herb Goss)
CLINTON, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Hospital officials confirmed that one of the men shot in the South Clinton Pawn Shop early Monday afternoon has died. Larry Snellings, 58, had been shot at close range during a struggle over a shotgun, Clinton police said.
According to witnesses, James Alan Greene, 64, walked into the pawn shop, 903 Clinch Ave., and asked to see a shotgun. He then reportedly took some shells he had in his pocket and started to load the gun.
Police said that's when a struggle began between Snellings and Greene, during which Snellings was shot. Another employee then shot Greene, who managed to escape the store and return home. When he got home and his wife saw the wound, she called police and waited outside with her grandson until they arrived.
James Greene Jr went to the pawn shop after he heard the news to try and wrap his mind around what happened. "It blew my mind, I started making phone calls asking around, and I come to find out it was true. It was my dad."
James tells us his dad seemed happy, he was a preacher and a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. But for years he struggled with Post Traumatic Stress after his time in the Navy during Vietnam.
"He seemed like he was doing real good in life." Greene told us, "I just don't understand why."
While we talked to Greene's son, a friend of Larry Snellings were setting up a make shift memorial for him.
Aaron Thomas was late to work Monday, if he was on time he would have been inside the pawn shop when the shooting happened.
Shocked at the crime, he wasn't surprised Snellings tried to intervene.
"Larry would do whatever it took to keep other people from getting hurt." Thoma said.
Snellings was taken by ambulance to Methodist Medical Center, where he later died. Greene was flown to the hospital via LifeStar. He underwent surgery at UT Medical center.
Police said they have recovered both weapons.