Tennessee Man Allegedly Killed Lyft Driver, Shot Second Victim In Home Minutes Apart, Officials Say

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Source: Memphis Police Department; UNSPLASH

Nov. 7 2022, Published 4:25 p.m. ET

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A Tennessee man allegedly shot an elderly Lyft driver and left him on the street and then turned his gun on a second victim in a home minutes later, authorities said.

Around 2 p.m. on Oct. 30, Memphis police located a man who was suffering a wound to the head after officers responded to the report of a shooting, Local Today reported.

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The victim, later identified as 80-year-old Richard Skelskey, was pronounced dead at Regional One Hospital.

Around 5 minutes after Skelskey was found lying in the street, police responded to another shooting and found Shunish Baggett dead in a home, according to CrimeStoppers.

Police said Baggett was also shot in the head.

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A day after the fatal shootings, authorities in DeSoto County contacted the West Tennessee Forensic Center and asked about Skelskey, who was driving a Lyft when he was killed.

With the information, Memphis detectives were able to get a subpoena for Skelskey’s Lyft records and identify a passenger, Joshua Gossett, 28, as a suspect in the elderly man’s shooting death.

Gossett was charged with two counts of first-degree murder as well as related firearm charges.

After Gosset’s arrest, Skelsky’s sister, Carol Soto, told WHBQ-TV in a text she and family are “relieved that this man is in custody.”

“I am trying to think of my brother’s death as a result of the senseless gun violence that plagues this country,” she said.


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