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Rotary Park suspect said 'it sure is peaceful out here' before shooting, affidavit says

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Posted at 11:28 AM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 13:13:03-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The man accused of shooting two people in Rotary Park on Sunday said "it sure is peaceful out here" before firing the gun, the arrest affidavit says.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said 23-year-old Blake Thomas Ludy shot and killed one person and injured another in the park around 4 a.m.

According to the affidavit, Ludy asked the victims, Jonathan Crain, 19, and Jesus 'Daniel' Andrad-Landa, 18, to drive from Nashville to "hang out." When Crain picked up Ludy, he asked him to drive to Rotary Park.

Andrad-Landa told police the three of them were sitting outside the vehicle near the playground when Ludy said "it sure is peaceful out here." That's when Andrad-Landa realized Ludy had shot him.

The affidavit said Ludy chased after Crain toward the woods, shooting after him. Crain was heard pleading Ludy to stop.

As he heard five more gunshots, Andrad-Landa called 911.

Andrad-Landa was taken to the hospital and treated for gunshot wounds to the right arm and right leg. The sheriff's office said he is expected to be OK.

Crain's body was found by investigators in the wooded area of the park. A GoFundMe has been set up to help cover his funeral expenses.

Rotary Park was closed to the public on Sunday as deputies processed the crime scene. So far, there have been 10 homicides in Clarksville in 2019. This is the first homicide under Montgomery County's jurisdiction in 2019 according to the sheriff's office.

Ludy was arrested in Greenbrier Sunday night. He's facing criminal homicide and criminal homicide attempt charges.