Authorities further say the shooting was a drug-related crime and initiated by a robbery attempt that took place inside the hotel portion of the facility, and that it was not a random act of violence. The victim has been treated and released from a local hospital.
According to a press release from the Kingsport Police Department, three suspects have been charged in the incident:
- Matthew Phillips: aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping and attempted second degree murder.
- Deonte Bristol: aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, attempted aggravated robbery and accessory after the fact to attempted second degree murder.
- Brittany Stafford: accessory after the fact to attempted second degree murder.
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