Hampton trailer park owner injured in shooting

By Kathy Helms-Hughes


   A Hampton trailer park owner was in serious condition Thursday night at Johnson City Medical Center following a shooting incident around 8:30 p.m. off Rittertown Road.
   According to Carter County Chief Deputy James Parrish, deputies received a call of a light brown van with a couple of subjects inside who were riding around, "making threats to disrupt the election and possibly shoot a candidate."
   Shortly after receiving the call, a van matching the description pulled into Street's Trailer Park and the subject driving the van threatened Randall Street with a firearm. "Randall Street dodged and ducked out of the way," Parrish said. "Bill Street walked around the corner and was shot one time in the stomach with a large-caliber round from a handgun," possibly a .357 or a .38.
   Randall Street retrieved the weapon and began shooting at the van as it was leaving, Parrish said. Deputy Shannon Deloach, who was in the area, fell in behind the van on Rittertown Road and pursued it to Simerly Creek, where he got it to stop.
   Two subjects, one of whom had been shot in the arm, exited the vehicle. The wounded man was taken into custody, Parrish said, "and the one that we believed had done the shooting escaped up the side of the mountain."
   Sgt. Patrick Johnson, Deputy Laverne Julian, Deputy Sarah Ryan and her partner, K-9 Sgt. Kabor, responded and searched about 45 minutes with no success. The dog was given a rest and officers resumed the search 30 minutes later.
   "The dog picked up a good trail, found the subject, and whenever he got up, the dog was let loose and apprehended him," Parrish said. The names of the suspects were being withheld pending positive identification. The investigation is ongoing.