Cookeville police today issued a press release with more information on a shooting incident that occurred Wednesday night in the parking lot of Cookeville's hospital. Police say that "at approximately 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27th, we received reports that a shooting had just occurred outside the main (northwest) entrance of Cookeville Regional Medical Center. As officers were responding they were notified by employees of the hospital that a shooting victim had just arrived at the emergency room."
That victim, Mark A. Ray, age 43 of Sparta, had suffered a gunshot wound to the right side of his chest. A short time later, police were notified that another man had entered the lobby of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and told personnel there that he had “just shot a man.” That man, identified as William H. Cox, age 51 of Hermitage, was escorted to the Cookeville Police Department for questioning.
After the preliminary on-scene investigation, some witness interviews and after the interview with Mr. Cox, police say they now believe that Mr. Cox drove from Hermitage to Cookeville to confront his wife, Susan Cox and Mr. Ray. That confrontation took place in the hospital parking lot, where Mr. Ray was shot by Mr. Cox. Cox has been charged with Attempted 1st Degree Murder. He is being held at the Putnam County Criminal Justice Center. Ray is expected to recover from his wound.