1 Killed, 1 Injured In Deadly Shooting In Ashland City
By Chris Cannon
ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. - Police have released the names of the two men involved in a fatal shooting outside a shopping center in Ashland City on Monday afternoon.
Police said 40-year-old Shannon Scott Paul was killed, and 34-year-old Ryan Dickens was injured.
Investigators are trying to figure out whether the fatal shooting stemmed from road rage. It all happened in a shopping center off Highway 12 in front of the Don Pancho restaurant.
Witnesses said the two men drove into the parking lot from Highway 12. Both got out of their trucks and started arguing. Police said that is when Paul pulled out a gun and shot Dickens.
"Somebody pulled out a gun and started shooting and the gun was grabbed away from the original shooter. And then the original shooter got shot with his own gun by the other guy," said Ashland City Police Chief Marc Coulon.
Witnesses said Dickens then chased after Paul inside the Mexican restaurant.
"When he was running through he said, 'where'd he go, where'd he go'. So I guess he went around the other side and found him," according to witness Tanner Owen, who was eating at the time of the shooting.
Paul was shot and killed a few minutes later.
Dickens was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center. Dickens' wife said he faces serious injuries and was shot at point blank range in the face and the bullet went through his chest and is lodged in his hip. She said he is awaiting surgery at Vanderbilt.
Both men are from Ashland City.
Dickens lives on Cherrywood Court with his family.
"They've got three beautiful children and it's just sad," said neighbor Shirley Sneed.
Sneed said Dickens was recently hurt on the job.
"And he was going to be off work for a while. And I've never known him to do anything like this," said Sneed.
Paul did not live too far away on Scoutview Road. Neighbors said he was quiet and kept to himself.
"He lived alone. He owned his own pool business and he took care of pools up in Brentwood, he had some clientele up in there," said neighbor Randell Pemberton.
Details of how the fight started took many on his street by surprise.
"I guess everybody's got guns, but you never know somebody will use it in that manner," according to Scott Binkley.
Police are still investigating the fact surrounding this case and what led up to the shooting. The information will be given to the district attorney general who will decide if Dickens will face any charges.