Friday, June 19, 2009

Name of Shooting Victim Released

Cookeville police have now released the name of a man critically injured in a shooting incident at Walnut Village Apartments Thursday afternoon. Capt. David Dukes identifed the victim as 37-year-old Gerald Randolph. He says Randolph was at the apartment of 43-year-old Scottie R. Robinson about 1:45 Thursday afternoon when the two got into a scuffle over some prescription medications that belonged to Robinson (shown in the photo above.) According to Dukes, there were conflicting statements as to just what happened, but he says Robinson, whose address was listed as 201 S. Walnut Ave., Apt. F1, allegedly pointed a .25 caliber gun at Randolph and fired, hitting Randolph at least once in the head. Randolph was taken to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, where he was listed in extremely critical condition Friday morning. Robinson was taken to jail on a warrant charging him with attempted second degree murder. His bond was set at $250,000. Dukes says that, generally speaking, residents of Tennessee are not allowed to use deadly force unless they believe themselves to be in imminent danger of bodily harm. He says that someone stealing from you is not usually considered enough provocation to shoot them.