Son of accused pawn shop shooter shocked. One man is dead.

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.

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.


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  • by Lynne on Nov 17, 2011 at 10:35 AM
    Just going on what I was told by a medical person on the scene. Either way, sad time for both families.
  • by Bristy Location: Clinton on Nov 13, 2011 at 12:53 AM
    I live in Clinton and my family and I were on the way to the pawn shop that day. We pulled in soon after the shooting and police were already there and had everythinhg roped off. Larry was a great guy. We went in the pawn shop alot and he was always very nice and had a big smile on his face. Read our local paper The Clinton Courier and read the story and letters that were written. One by Ron Webber the pawn shop owner. This was no accident. I dont know all the circumstances of the shooter and I hope he gets the help he needs but this should not have happened. What is this world coming to. My thoughts and prayers are with Larrys family during this very difficult time.
  • by William Location: clinton on Nov 9, 2011 at 07:46 PM
    I for one dont think this was no accident by any means you dont load a gun on accident and you darn sure dont aim it at a man and pull the trigger. SORRY
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      by SHAUNA on Jan 5, 2012 at 02:02 PM in reply to William
      This is to William apparently you havent read the paper or saw the news stations this was an acident and tragedy for everyone involved anyone who commits a murder wouldnt have went to a pawnshop were they do carry guns unless knowing they their self would be shot if youll read the local news paper you would read that there was a struggle over the gun Mr.Green did NOT just stand back and shoot so with all respect get your information correct and learn this mans mental state although its very unfair for the Snellings family are prayers and thoughts are with them but the Green family has also lost a father son brother uncle among many other things this is not a monster this is a veteran that fought for all of us with ptsd.This is a family thats hurting to so with all do respect please get your info correctly.once again both families are in my prayers the lord can heal all things.
  • by Lynne Location: Anderson County on Nov 9, 2011 at 02:40 PM
    To "Clinton" - the article is not correct. The victim was taken to UT via Lifestar. The suspect was taken to Methodist Medical in Oak Ridge via ambulance.
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      by Bristy on Nov 13, 2011 at 12:57 AM in reply to Lynne
      Lynne Im not sure if you know this but the shooter was taken by lifestar and Larry was taken my ambulance to Methodist. The article is in the newest Clinton Courier if you would like to read it. There are alot of articles about the shooting and articles about Larry and from the pawn shop owner Ron Webber.
  • by Bethany Location: Knoxville, tn on Nov 8, 2011 at 11:13 PM
    I would like to extend my prayers to the Snelling family. I am truely sorry for your loss. However, I also extend my prayers to the Green family. Green did not intend to kill anyone. This was a tragic accident. I would also like to take this opportunity to call attention to PTSD. This is a very serious issue and is suffered by many servicemen. These men were good enough to fight for freedom but are persecuted for being scarred.
  • by Carolyn Location: Clinton on Nov 8, 2011 at 05:38 PM
    We certainly need to remember Larry's family in our thoughts and prayers. He certainly was a hero. But please remember Allen Green's family, too. His mother is one of the most wonderful little Christian ladies in the world, 95 years old and caring for a sister in her home. She didn't deserve this, either.
  • by Customer Location: Powell on Nov 8, 2011 at 03:27 PM
    I didn't know Mr. Snelling personally, but I did go into the shop. He was a very nice man, sold me my first gun not long ago. My husband and I will both miss seeing him when we go in there. My thoughts are with his family, and his fellow employees. It will be difficult for them going into work every day.
  • by Susan Location: Lake City on Nov 8, 2011 at 12:12 PM
    Another senseless shooting and two families devastated!!There are no words to make anyone understand why things happen like this...but my prayers go out to the families!!
  • by James Location: clinton on Nov 8, 2011 at 10:09 AM
    Larry was the best guy anyone would like to meet. He did'nt deserve this. Prayers to his family. Greene should be publicly hung at the court house and left to hang until the sun rotted his carcass. Justice like that would stop alot of the crime in America.
  • by Todd De Haven on Nov 8, 2011 at 08:01 AM
    Larry Snellings was one of the kindest, gentlest person one could ever meet. He was known and loved by everyone including me. I am a retired police firearms instructor and I am beating myself to death over this tragedy because while maybe I could have done nothing, in my heart I know my training would have taken over and maybe, just maybe, I could have ended this tragedy with Larry still being alive. I loved Larry as a brother and he loved me. Whenever I went to Clinton to the shop, owned by my niece's husband, we were a team. At least the owner was able to shoot the guy as he fled. It's all so senseless and sad. God Bless you Larry and I know you're now in a far better place. Please pray for him and his family.
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