CROSSVILLE (WATE) – A Virginia man was rushed to the hospital after being shot in the chest and hand at a rest area on Interstate 40 in Cumberland County, but the sheriff says there is no danger to the public.
Sheriff Casey Cox says they received a call around 4:30 p.m. about a shooting at the 324 Eastbound rest area. The sheriff’s office, Tennessee Highway Patrol and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation all responded to the scene and found Chadwick Ellsworth Barnthouse, 39, of Virginia.
He was airlifted to UT Medical Center in Knoxville and the interstate was closed temporarily to allow a helicopter to land.
Cox says this was a “single act and not an active shooter event,” despite earlier reports that there was a shooter at large. He adds there is no danger to the public.
DA Bryant Dunaway told WKRN they are in the process of securing search warrants to search at least one vehicle at the scene.
Troopers were told the shooter is a 6 foot tall white man with a bald head and dark-colored shirt. The vehicle he was in remains unknown.
All three agencies are continuing to investigate and will release more information as it becomes available.