Friday, July 18, 2014

"Random" Shooting At Rest Stop Claims Two Lives

"FRANKLIN, KY — A Spring Hill man was shot and killed Tuesday night in what appears to have been a random, senseless act of violence at a Kentucky rest stop just north of the Tennessee state line.

"After shooting 40-year-old Jamie Plymel point-blank, Kentucky State Police said James Roames, 39, of Hendersonville, Tenn., turned the gun on himself.

"Plymel was taken to the Medical Center at Franklin where he was pronounced dead. Roames was transported to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville where he also died.

"Although the investigation is ongoing, police believe the shooting was random. The men did not know each other.

"Police said Roames walked up to Plymel’s SUV parked at the Kentucky Welcome Center off Interstate 65 at 9:25 p.m. and opened fire. Several shots were fired, although it is unclear how many times Plymel, who was still seated in the driver’s seat, was hit.

"`We’re still going through the car,` Kentucky State Trooper Jonathan Biven told WBKO-TV in Bowling Green. `This investigation will continue going on, so it’ll be a while before we actually know a motive.`

"There is no security at the Kentucky Welcome Center, but the rest stop is staffed with maintenance workers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"Two workers inside at the time of the shooting heard the gunshots and called 911."


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