Two injured in Hampton shooting

From Staff Reports
Two men were injured and transported to local hospitals early Sunday morning after a fight turned into a shooting, according to Carter County Sheriff John Henson.
At approximately 3:15 a.m. Sunday, a 911 phone call dispatched police to 121 Alexander St. in Hampton. Officers from the Carter County Sheriff's Department found Bobby Dale Bobbitt, 63, of the residence, with several injuries to the head from a blunt object. Police believe the wounds were caused by blows received from the barrel of a .22-caliber rifle.
Police also found Thomas E. Stout, 46, with a gunshot wound to the lower abdomen.
"Upon our investigation, it was revealed that Thomas Estep Stout, who is a nephew to Bobbitt, had come to the residence earlier, him and a female, and they were all drinking, and an argument occurred and a fight broke out," Henson stated.
Stout began beating Bobbitt over the head with a .22-caliber rifle and, during the fight, Bobbitt shot Stout in the abdomen with an automatic handgun, Henson said.
Henson said a disagreement concerning the female, Aeline M. Durocher, 29, of 3121 W. Walnut St., Johnson City, caused the fight to erupt. "I'm thinking that Stout became belligerent to the female and Bobbitt was taking up for her and that's what started the fight, but that's early into the investigation," Henson said. "I don't know what caused Stout to become belligerent."
According to police, Stout and Durocher had known each other only a couple of weeks and had dated two or three times.
No address on Stout was available, but police said Stout was believed to be living with his mother at 123 Williams St., Hampton.
Bobbitt was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center where he was listed in fair condition Sunday night. Stout was taken to Sycamore Shoals Hospital, and hospital staff were not releasing information on his condition.
Henson said charges are pending in the case as an investigation is ongoing.