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Man Accused Of Vision Works Shooting Appears In Court

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The suspect, 30-year-old Henry Talley, appeared in court Friday, October 11, 2013. The suspect, 30-year-old Henry Talley, appeared in court Friday, October 11, 2013.
Talley was accused of shooting two people inside a Vision Works on September 4. Talley was accused of shooting two people inside a Vision Works on September 4.

by Shannon Royster

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The man accused of opening fire and shooting two people inside a Vision Works appeared in a Davidson County Court room Friday.

Henry Talley has been accused of shooting his estranged girlfriend, Ronkeisha Briley, and her co-worker, Brittany Barbee, at the Vision Works near Gallatin Pike in Madison on September 4. Talley was charged with attempted murder in the shooting before turning the gun on himself.

Talley, 30, appeared in court Friday wearing an orange jumpsuit and a bandage from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Barbee took the stand first and testified Talley walked into the store and asked about adjustments.

"He came to the counter and asked her if we do glasses adjustments," said Barbee. "She told him ‘yes, (and asked) could he have a seat at the counter behind her.'"

The suspect's estranged girlfriend, 26-year-old Ronkeisha Briley, was still recovering from her injuries and had to be rolled into the courtroom in a wheel chair. She said a bullet was still lodged in her leg. Briley said Talley stood in front of the counter and stared at her. She said he did not move during the incident.

"After he was staring he told me I was disrespectful," said Briley. "(Then) he kind of started to tug on his right side of his pants."

Briley said the suspect started shooting inside the building, sending employees and customers ducking for cover. She claimed the bullets were all meant for her.

"When he first shot me, I was at the receptionist counter and he shot me in my lower abdomen," she said.

The two women said they ran for cover as the suspect continued shooting.

"At that point, Ronkeisha had got hit in her leg and she reached out to catch her fall," said Barbee. "She grabbed my braids and when she grabbed my braids it jerked me back and we fell on the floor."

Briley testified the suspect shot her two more times during the incident.

"I knocked on my doctor's office and the door was locked so I couldn't get in," she said. "So I ran to the right side of the doctor's exam room and that's when I collapsed on the floor."

When emergency medical technicians arrived on the scene, they found Briley shot four times, while Barbee was grazed on the leg.

The suspect has been bound over to the grand jury where it could take up to 4 to 6 months before it goes to trial.

Tally was held in lieu of $500,000 bond.

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