A shopkeeper shoots a man inside his building


The owner of the Nelson Concrete plant in Rocky Top allegedly shot a man inside one of his buildings on Monday night after the man repeatedly accused him.

Responding to the scene, according to a press release from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, the owner told Deputy Stephen Carroll and other deputies he had fired his gun at the man but did not know if he had hit him.

Weasel, a K-9 sheriff’s office, quickly located a man with two gunshot wounds on the bank of the train tracks near Nelson’s Concrete, the statement said. Deputies provided medical assistance to the man, identified as Jeremy Strong, until emergency medical services personnel arrived. He was then taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center via a Lifestar medical helicopter. As of noon Tuesday, he was listed in stable condition, according to the statement.

Strong’s alleged shooting came after an earlier incident Monday night at the business, located at 102 Wiley Cemetery Road. Tyler Mayes, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, said Michael Nelson is the owner of the business.

Prior to the shooting incident, the sheriff’s office had dispatched Deputy Carroll to the business around 6:25 p.m. Upon arrival, he reportedly found a male matching a description given by a caller. The man was identified as James Ivey, 37, of Rocky Top, and he was arrested on two outstanding warrants.

Ivey was reportedly taken to Anderson County Jail, where he remains on $10,000 bond. Mayes didn’t offer more information about the outstanding warrants against Ivey, except to say they weren’t relevant to Monday night’s incidents.

The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division continues to investigate the incidents.


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