Four people were killed after a dispute over a baby erupted into gunfire, police in Tennessee said. Now, two suspects face charges in connection to the incident.
Around 9 a.m. Sept. 25, McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy said officers responded to a call of a report of a shooting of multiple people.
At the scene, deputies said they found two people who escaped the shooting and pointed officers to the residence where the shooting happened.
In the press release, Guy said, “It appears that there were initially six people present at the residence. When a male suspect and a female suspect arrived after 8 a.m. There was some kind of dispute that took place between the female suspect and the male victim over a 10-month-old, whom they are the parents of. At some point, the dispute turned violent and the four victims were shot. One witness escaped and the other pretended to be injured and survived. The suspected then took the child and left the scene.“
Police determined the suspects were Curtis D. Smith, 38, and Jazzmine J. Hall, 27, authorities said. They were found in Polk County during the evening and were taken into custody, police said.
The baby was taken to a local hospital for examination and will be released to the Department of Child Services’ care, officials said.
Police have not said what the dispute was over that led to the shooting.
“Our agencies worked hard today to successfully investigate, track, and capture the people responsible for one of the worst homicides in McMinn County history...together we did this in less than 12 hours after the crime was committed," Guy said.
The investigation is ongoing, authorities said.