Macon Co. Schools Closed After Shooting Near School
MACON COUNTY, Tenn. - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has taken over a shooting investigation that prompted officials in Macon County to close schools on Friday.
TBI Investigators said 44-year-old Tommy Hillard was shot inside his vehicle while sitting at a stop sign on Ellington Drive at Church Street in Lafayette Thursday evening. The shooting happened near the Hometown Foods grocery store and Macon Christian Academy.
Hillard was shot in the neck and taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. TBI Officials said Hillard was expected to be released on Friday. He has already spoken with investigators, and told them he has no idea who shot him. It's unclear whether he was the intended target or if the shooter was in a car or on foot.
A witness told the Macon County Times they saw the victim pull over, and he seemed disoriented and was trying to figure out who shot him. No one else was hurt.
The shooting has put several residents on edge. "We've got a security system and I made sure it was locked up and it was scary," said Melissa Shockley. "I had a hard time going to sleep because I didn't know if the guy was still out there."
Many in the small town agree with the decision to close schools. "I think the schools were just playing it safe and definitely thinking about the safety of the children," said teacher Andrea Tuttle. "(They were) thinking most of the children would be safe at home because when you get so many children like that, it can be a vulnerable situation that people can take advantage of."
No arrests have been made in the shooting. Macon County Schools are expected to reopen on Monday.