UPDATE: Royal Inn Shooting in Springfield on Friday
Police now confirm it was a shooting and they have a suspect in custody.
On Friday, 08/30/13, at 10:52PM, Robert A. Gagnon, 60 years old, of Hopkinsville, KY, was shot once in the head while he was standing outside his Room at the Royal Inn, 1508 Memorial Blvd., Springfield, TN.
Witness statements and further investigation led to the arrest of a suspect in the shooting, Jeffery Lee Clemons, 50 years old, who advised that he currently resides on Water bonnet Drive, Springfield. The investigation is ongoing, but at this time it appears that the two men allegedly were involved in an argument, and that led to Gagnon being shot once in the head by Clemons, according to the police report. Gagnon was transported to Vanderbilt, and was released on Sunday, September 1, 2013. According to Springfield Police Chief David Thompson, the bullet did not penetrate Gagnon’s skull, “Vanderbilt determined that he was in fact shot but the round glanced his skull” Thompson said.
Reported earlier…(Friday August 30,2013)
Mystery Incident At The Royal Inn in Springfield Late Friday
Around 11:00PM Friday evening Police responded to reports of a possible shooting at the Royal Inn in downtown Springfield, however with no weapon, no shell casings, no witnesses, no suspect, no motive, along with the fact that the victim may or may not have a wound in alignment with a shooting, police aren’t sure what they have.
There were also conflicting reports on whether a shot was heard.
According to Springfield Police Lt. Jimmy Grogan the man was laying down on the second floor balcony of the Inn with an injury on the top of his head…
Police are not sure if the victim was struck or shot but (according to police) apparently there was some kind of an argument before the incident.
The guest in the room next door to where the incident occurred that also initially called 911 told Smokey “He wasn’t shot”.
The victim was lucid an conscious when police arrived and was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center via ground.
We’ll have to wait for Vanderbilt to examine the victim to find out if there was a shooting or not.
Smokey would like to wish the victim a speedy recovery.
Jim Ball reporting
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