UPDATED: Two Women Shot To Death In Springfield Sunday

Two Women Shot To Death In Springfield Sunday


Smokey Barn News is learning more about the shooting death of two women that occurred in broad daylight Sunday afternoon.

The two victims are identified as 29-year-old Nicole J. Lane and 26-year-old Deshawna M. Traughber, both found shot in a white Dodge Challenger on Pine Circle.

The suspect in the double shooting (identified by Springfield Police on Sunday as Monray Johnson) was seen by his aunt (who lives nearby) standing next to the back driver-side door of the Challenger parked on Pine Circle and no one else was around. Police say the Aunt asked Johnson; “What have you done?” According to the Arrest Affidavit, Johnson replied “The B**** is dead.”

After that Johnson fled the scene but was taken into custody a short time later by Springfield Police. According to the Affidavit, Johnson was found hiding in a vehicle at 21st and Blair St.

According to the affidavit, pings of Johnson’s cell phone confirmed the device had been on Pine Circle. The device was located in a fallen tree between the intersection of 21st and Blair St. and Pine Circle.

WSMV, who contributed to this report, said the Springfield Police Department referred to Johnson as Traughber’s “alleged boyfriend.”Nicole Lane

A GoFundMe has been set up for Traughber CLICK HERE if you would like to donate. Once we have service information for both Nicole and Deshawna we will bring it to you.


Springfield Police are now officially releasing the identity of the suspect in Sunday’s shooting of two women on Pine Circle.  27-year-old Monray Vontez Johnson has been booked into the Robertson County Detention Facility in Springfield, charged with two counts of Criminal Homicide. As of noon Monday, no bond has been listed.

As soon as officials in Springfield are prepared to release their findings, we will bring it to you. The obvious question will be motive. This will easily be one of the more violent homicides in Springfield in recent history.

Monray Vontez JohnsonThanks to a tremendous investment by the Springfield Police Department and the local DA, crime in Springfield has come down in recent years, but it’s clear the city is in the midst of a spike in violence.

Two weeks ago a man was found shot to death in front of O’Reilly’s on Memorial and back in January a man shot at police who returned fire; he did not survive.  These types of cases require thorough investigation, which can be time-consuming. There’s little doubt that Springfield Detectives are diligently working to gather evidence and interview witnesses as they work to understand the circumstances surrounding these incidents. This also places additional demands on the District Attorney’s office, which will likely be reviewing these cases closely.

As stated, Smokey Barn News is working with officials in Springfield. As soon as they are prepared to release more information, such as the identity of the two women, we will bring it to you.

SPRINGFIELD, TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – According to officials in Springfield, one person is in custody after two adult women were shot to death Sunday afternoon in broad daylight.

The shooting occurred on Pine Circle near Central Ave at 2:22 PM. MAP

UPDATED: Officials say the two women were in the front seat of a vehicle when the shooting occurred. Within minutes Springfield Police developed a suspect and, according to City Manager Ryan Martin, that suspect is in custody.

According to Robertson County EMS, medics made every effort to save the women but ultimately they succumbed to their injuries. Both were pronounced deceased at the scene.

UPDATE: According to Martin, upon arrival, officers found two individual occupants of a parked vehicle that appeared to have gunshot wounds.  One of the individuals was determined to be deceased and the other was briefly provided emergency medical treatment at the scene, but succumbed to the injury a short time later.

A suspect has been taken into custody by the Springfield Police Department and the investigation is ongoing at this time.

Martin added, “It is not suspected that there is any further danger to the general public from this incident at this time.”

Please contact the Springfield Police Department if anyone has further information concerning the incident.

Smokey Barn News will continue to monitor the situation. As soon as officials release more information, including the identity of the two women and the suspect, we will bring it to you.

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