Search still on for shooting suspect; sheriff says aiding could be felony

John Thompson • Nov 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department continues to search for the second suspect in Monday’s drive-by shooting in the Dry Creek Road section of the county.

Five houses received gunfire and two women were shot. Two children and their grandmother were not hit but were covered in glass shards and debris when the front window of their home was hit by a shotgun blast.

Michael James Brummitt, 43, 141 Brummitt Lane, was arrested on the night of the shootings on two counts of aggravated assault, five counts of reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest and resisting arrest. He made his first appearance in Sessions Court on Tuesday, where he was appointed a public defender and his next court date was set for Nov. 8.

Sheriff Chris Mathes said his deputies are continuing to search for the second person in the pickup truck involved in the shooting, identified as Tommy Brummitt.

The sheriff said several houses have been thoroughly searched over the past few days. The search was centered in the Tiger Creek community after Tommy Brummitt was reportedly seen in that area.

“I am pretty sure he has been helped by some kinfolk,” Mathes said.

The sheriff warned that helping a felon on the run could result in serious charges, including accessory after the fact, a felony.

While Tommy Brummitt may be getting help in his attempt to elude arrest, Mathes said the sheriff’s department has also received help from the community.

“We are getting a lot of information from a lot of people,” Mathes said.

Mathes said previously that one of the houses appeared to be targeted. That house received gunfire several time as the black Chevrolet S-10 drove by.

Following the shootings, deputies recovered three abandoned guns in the neighborhood. They included an Iverson 12-gauge shotgun, a Marlin .22-caliber rifle and a Ruger .22-caliber pistol.

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